The unique e-mail domain could be a good idea, but there are a lot of people who like to stay anonymous through the use of GMail and Hotmail accounts. We could discourage legitimate member signups if we did that.
We have not identified too many that we think are bots, but there are some that obviously are bots. There is a signature link threshold, but some new members are somehow circumventing it, and they do not all appear to be bots.
It appears that about 90% of the current spammers are located in India. Amateur link builders seem to think that spamming forums is a good way to build backlinks. That just shows how little they know.
Other forums do have a point system where members can rate other members' posts. That might work if we set up some rules for what threshold of negative points will get a bad member booted out. That is something for the Trail Boss to think about.
We do have a temporary ban status, but most of the clowns who are banned are so useless or ignorant that the permanent ban is used most often--and more appropriately. I don't think that being demoted to noob will get anything more than a brief chuckle out of a typical black-hearted spammer. These people have a goal in mind, and rules and status are not likely to deter them.
Originally Posted by Andy101
I think you've given the Trail Boss some things to think about. Forums walk a fine line between allowing too many spammers and poor quality posters who eventually destroy the forum, and building membership by encouraging the good people to sign up while discouraging the bad players.
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