Oh dear. Those forum spamming idiots are getting more sophisticated in the way they work... if you're wondering what I'm on about, I've deleted it all now.
I could stop them in an instant by reinstating the need for new forum users to reply to a confirmation e-mail, but when we had that on when the forum was first put up, quite a few people were unable to register properly. So I'll keep it like this and just keep my eyes open. There's no need for people to get lairy with them though - the e-mails are all completely automated and none of them ne'er-do-wells ever actually visit the forum.
I suspect the people who write these spamming programs are barely human either, but I digress. I spent four years amongst computer people in the name of getting some degree or other and it wasn't always pretty...
I'm always mystified as to how these spambots continue to flourish in this way. I mean, one of the other forums I post on - for the band Six By Seven - had the same thing happen as well, and even now after a recent forum revamp we've had dozens of invisible "lurking" members online browsing the forum at any one time - and these are automated tracking devices that all have a Yahoo IP address - and what they're doing is effectively trawling loads of forums looking for posts or threads to log into the search engines.
Even myspace isn't without those bloody annoying messages that get sent to every single one of our accounts' message boxes, inviting you to join their crappy tedious web-cam groups. They're about as fucking annoying and omnipresent as all those bastard viagra /penis enlargement spam emails you get on hotmail and other free email services. They're the pits. :angry:
What you're saying then, is that web forums are a microcosm of real life, where anything that in principle could be used for beneficial purposes (I don't know, say, bringing people together in this instance - I've met a few of you) is always tarred by the fact that there are people out there that will exploit anything for their own selfish purposes, regardless of whether or not it ruins it for everyone else?