It seems as if we have been getting a lot of spam lately, so I went ahead and installed a mod for the forum. A lot of this spam is automatically generated by spam bots, that will instantly fill out the registration and then automatically post a message. Pretty much every spammer includes a website when they sign up. This mod hides the website field from view for a normal person, so if the person signing up is actually human, they will not enter a website URL. If a bot signs up, they will enter the website url, and not allowed to continue. New members can still add a website to their profile if they edit their profile after they sign up.
I have thought about something like that, but I think it would deter people from posting. Lets see how this works out for now, and then we can figure out what else needs to be done if the spammers still get through.
It amazes me that someone can code a program to do all of that automatically.
We'll be able to spot the fishy stuff quickly enough though.
I know what you mean on the location bamabike. Anyone with a general location would automatically be suspect....but spammers probably aren't really going to hang around anyways, so their post will be enough evidence.
Y'all could pin point my neighborhood if you wanted to, then goto the satellite map site and zone in on my house if I gave one more decimal point in the coordinates.