I know! It is so hard on the mods. I recall when I was a mod for a forum, and the place became overrun. I could not handle it and had to step down. I'm talking about every 10 minutes a new spammer signing up, and going CRAZY!
Over on the Linnie forum they have to approve your first post, and you have to make 55 before you can post in certain sections. I wish we could do that here, and I certainly wish I could have had that feature at the forum I was mod at. *DEEP SIGH*
Thanks for trying to help, guys - we REALLY appreciate it when you report inappropriate posts!!!
We do have a handy button that allows us with one click to ban someone and remove ALL their posts so we don't have to go through them all individually, but there certainly have been a lot of them lately!
Thanks... I asked in one of my spam reports if each post had to be reported seperatly... I guess that means no....lol. Sure makes it a lot easier to know you can miss a few and it will still be taken care of!!
Thanks for your help, everyone! These silly people just won't give up!
What I've been doing a lot the last few weeks is checking the newest member's profile page, (suggested by Enborgle) and the spammers have been putting links to all kinds of goofy stuff in their signature! I delete the links and send them a polite warning message. So far, none of these people have posted or come back.
I was talking to my husband about why these idiots would target a nice little Parrotlet forum, and he said perhaps these are people hired by spammers to get the website, spam, porn, whatever, on as many sites as possible, and they are paid by the number of forums they join. Interesting idea.
Thanks again for all your help! Leigh and I are on and off the site during the day, but we're not on constantly, so your help is much appreciated!
Is there any way to "lock" the forum to new members until they've posted say at least once, but five times would be better? If those posts needed mod approval it might help. (Totally ignorant if our little forum has that as an option though.)
No, no you've done an excellent job! It is just when they find that there is not a mod on at every hour with a specific forum they spam it like mad! Trying to keep up is very, very difficult I know from personal experience.
I've been on here about 40 minutes and have banned 3 of them! Darn spammers - they're really after us today!
I'll be on later tonight, about 9 p.m. Central time, but it's almost time for Human Target!! We never miss it! Will check in later, please bear with us in the meantime; we'll get them as fast as we can!
I've added some measures to help slow these spammers down. This is an attack on many websites. Talk Budgies and Talk Parrots are also getting hit hard. And I was talking with some other forum owners and they too are getting killed with spam. So the good news is the spammers are not just targeting us.