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Anonymous
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Re: Changes to the forum to tackle spam!

Last 24 hours :
121 new registrants of which 12 have posted.
So the ratio is consistent whether looked at over 24 hours or 7 days.
So how about this for a new forum T&C :
Have an expiry period of, for example, 48 hours. If a new registrant has not posted within 48 hours then the registration is deleted.
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Re: Changes to the forum to tackle spam!

That's a good idea, I'm sure some people register just to have a look around and never post anything, so deleting their account wouldn't really matter.
Simple matter to advise them when they sign up I would have thought.
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Re: Changes to the forum to tackle spam!

Why register to look around? You only need to register to post!!
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Anonymous
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Re: Changes to the forum to tackle spam!

Why register to look around? You only need to register to post!!

Exactly.
It seems to me that a significant percentage of spammers register, then for whatever reason, wait for sometimes several weeks before starting to spam.
The 48 hour (or perhaps even less) period would eliminate many spam registrants and probably discourage re-registration.
The result would be a very tidy Members List and a reduction in spam posts.
Anonymous
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Re: Changes to the forum to tackle spam!

Hi,
I registered to read the forum,the advantage of registration is I can see new posts since my last visit.
This is only my second post and it took several months before my first, Thus if I have understood correctly then removing new registrants that don't post after 48 hours would deny this facility.
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John
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Re: Changes to the forum to tackle spam!

I would be with John S, the forum does not need a change of rules it just needs active effective moderation. On all forums there are folks that never post be read to gain info. Yes we could change it so the flagging is a better system, but really it is all down to how active the mods are.
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Re: Changes to the forum to tackle spam!

@John S
With the greatest respect for your reasons for being registered but not actively posting, you are in the minority....i.e. a member since August 4, 2010; first post March 25, 2011; second post May 25, 2011.
Most genuine members are significantly more active than you. Most spammers are significantly more active than you until they get blocked.
Personally, if it means controlling spam effectively, then I wouldn't mind causing you a little inconvenience by making in less easy for you to view new posts since your last visit.
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Re: Changes to the forum to tackle spam!

I don't think it would be too much of a hardship to have to re-register if you haven't posted anything, and you don't have to register at all just to view the forum.
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Re: Changes to the forum to tackle spam!

I'm also with John S on this one.
I am a member of many forums where I rarely, if ever post but being able to see new topics since I last visited makes the registration worthwhile.
@RFTG Just because somebody is in the minority, does that make them a non-genuine member? Every forum will have it's lurkers (no offence intended to John S) who are quite happy to sit in the background and see what is going on.
When they feel they can add something to the discussion then they will as John S has just proven.
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Anonymous
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Re: Changes to the forum to tackle spam!

Just because somebody is in the minority, does that make them a non-genuine member?

Of course not, but as in most other social/commercial/business groups, if you are not a "full" member then you don't have the same privileges as a "full" member.
If the only disadvantage is not being able to see new posts since last visit then that is a very small price to pay.