electrachrome wrote:upgraded forum software may be available to help combat this. unfortunately it's not my area of expertise.
we could eliminate the signature function for all members (or make it a pay privilege like GP does).
also eliminating the ability to link a website into a user profile would make the site less attractive to spammers/bots.
Personally, I have no idea what to do other than making the sign-up process more "complicated" to hinder bots from signing up in the first place. But it seems like there are also actual people whose job it is to spam message bords like we see it repeatedly each day now.
Maybe you can establish a waiting period between sign-up and first post where any mod has to manually unlock posting for a new member? Don't know how feasible that is.
For someone who visits the site 10-15 times a day, the 5-10 spam threads are pretty annoying... (not criticism to the great works you mods do!).