I try to check to see the list of reported spam as often as I can. I think @ryanvade and I are the only ones that have moderator privileges. Unfortunately, I cannot grant the same privilege to other users.I reported 6 posts today; this site seems to be getting overrun by spammers. They are all the same keyword BS - nonsense with a product name (no links, thank goodness) that is used to boost search engine hits.
Of the forums I frequent, this is the only one that seems to be plagued with spam. A few others get an occasional message only. In a way it is a complement that spammers feel this site is relevant enough to spam on - or at least the site name is relevant enough to be keyword searched for spam hits. I would say the members get tired of it, and I can say with a high degree of certainty the admins are as well. Being a back end server guy, I have no idea how to address this, but it makes me sometimes think twice about visiting.
Example - I reported 6 posts today; I open each spam post in a new tab. (I feel the need to report every spam post I see - my issue, I know, but it should help everyone.) However, since there is a 30 second wait between posts, I have to click the "Report" button, type "Spam", click submit, and close the window. This means I have to go to another site for 26 or 27 seconds before reporting the next post. After reporting two or three, which is normal, I lose interest in reading further.
I'm really not sure what to do - I don't see this other places, but it is not fair to push on the admins to do more, as I think they are not compensated / well compensated for administering this site.
We seem to be in a quandary here.
That idea is sound, but... Many of these spammers are only making one post - and probably only plan on making one post. They have an internet hit generating post they put on multiple we sites so if someone googles something, many hits come up.Hm... you could also put in a hack to give Users warnings. You can give warnings on the purpose of breaking the forum rules, including spamming.
3 Warnings = ban, 6 Warnings = account gets deleted...