If you look in this very thread there was a user banned for spamming. He posted 15-20 posts to try and get his car auction spam into several threads.
Just keep posting your threads. When a mod or admin has the time, they will be put through the system and added to the forum.
I'm still subscribed to this topic though no longer active here (see 2) below).
A few thoughts- let's say there are 1,000 new posts each day*, and the board has an 80% spam rate- in other words, 800 of the 1,000 are spam so there are 200 approved new posts per day. The ratio would be the same if there were 100,000 or 100 new posts.
1) Since all "new" posts are being moderated, is it consuming more time to read and (approve or delete) 1000 posts or delete 800? In my experience, giving members the ability to report spam in new posts makes the moderator's job a lot easier (I see this forum allows the report post function). Kind of like neighborhood watch. :)
2) If you make the path to do something too difficult, humans like water & electricity will take the path of least resistance. In my case, it was utilizing a different product when I couldn't get questions answered or information in a timely manner. Due to other projects and activity, I have a set amount of time I can devote towards a specific forum for a specific project.
3) After a few posts, new members should be able to be "profiled" by staff to determine if they are in fact real people posting relevant info or the aforementioned spammers. If the former, they could then be given full posting privileges.
4) An IP ban for offending addresses can be written using most forum soft ware (this word split to avoid an ad link ;) ). The 23,000 member automotive board I moderate uses SMF, I see this one uses VBulleitn. It's an admin and about 4 active moderators. I spent about a week writing IP bans a year ago and to date we've only had a couple of legit users fall into this to where they couldn't post. It's reduced our spam by nearly 100%. The few that get through are reported within 24 hours and the user account and/or IP address handled.
*VBulletin does give some stats. As of right now:
Currently Active Users
There are currently 2413 users online. 56 members and 2357 guests
Most users ever online was 4,401, 08-10-2011 at 03:54 PM.
7,438 new posts since my last visit on 7/14, which was 80 days ago- 7,438/80=avg. of 93 posts approved per day.
No hard feelings, just sharing a point of view & some info.
Spam is like chocolate.
"A minute on the lips a lifetime on the hips"
"A minute in the forum a lifetime in cyberspace"
In other words it's better to cut the spam off before it gets released on to the forum and picked up by the search spiders.
Not complaining or anything but Just wondering how long it takes for a post to be approved?
I posted in the ST Louis meet thread yesterday (late) and it still is not showing up.
It was short asking if there any plans for a 2012 meet.
Post being moderated is cool but it should be done in a timely manner. I posted a reply in my build thread 2 days ago and it's still not posted ? :(
I want to answer questions but can't :(
Welcome to the forums Geno. Sorry for the slow queue. All our moderators are volunteers and sometimes we get busy or there is a bit of a backlog.
Originally Posted by geno51
It's all good thank you for freeing me up have a merry Christmas :)
Originally Posted by Fiberoptic
Fiberoptic can you please clear me as well? I try to be productive to the forum and post where possible during my free time. I've been a part of the forum a long time just don't post very often but help where I can, or where I'm familiar
nevermind it seems I've already cleared! thank you! :)
There has to be a better system than this. There are much more active forums than this that don't require as much attention from the mods and don't get any worthwhile amount of spam. This just seems like an incredibly archaic system with all of the tech able to prevent spammers from registering to begin with. This is just my opinion, but as someone who looks a lot and doesn't post often, it's really stifling my participation.