I know this issue has been raised before, but I seem to notice a considerable increase in the number of spam posts lately. The pattern is always the same; a new member, with a profile name clearly recognisable as either promotion or a random combination of characters, leaves a number of spam messages in one or more forums, which are reported/detected, after which one of the admins closes the account whence they came from.
It would be soooo much better if new first posts were screened by mods or admins prior to publication, who could then decide to delete these accounts before they cause annoyance. That can't possibly be too much work, can it?
Didn't we have this discussion before?
Yes, it can be that much work. 140 new members in the last 24 hours, of which maybe 2 or 3 were spammers. If even half of those new members post a message on the forum, that's 70 messages a day for moderators to approve, of which barely 4% was actual spam. Not fun. And it gives a really bad impression to the new members.
The current system works fine, with spam usually being detected within minutes, after which the spammers are no longer able to post new messages. You see a lot of it, because (like me), you're present on the forums so much. But because the more active members flag messages so swiftly, and because they usually get deleted quite swiftly, too, the average forum member looking to have just a few questions answered before starting to travel will hardly ever see spam, and should not be bothered by it at all.
Well said, Sander. Also, let's not forget that the Mods are actually people who are working in regular jobs to make a living (or in certain cases are being paid to be present) and volunteer their time to keep the forums clean. Not always an easy job.
I find considering the size of TP the spam activity is quite low and the spam reporting function is a great help.
Just my two guineas worth of opinion.
after which the spammers are no longer able to post new messages
Ah! That part I wasn't aware of; it seemed to me as if spammers could peacfully continue their activities until the actual closure of their accounts. Well, then I guess the current system isn't so bad...