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Hi All,

I don't know why, but there seem to be a lot of people out there in the world willing to go through the registration process on the forum, just so they can make some spam posts before getting banned.

There aren't so many registrations that I can't police every one. Sometimes it takes me a while to see a new registration and investigate it - I apologize if your real registration is delayed, but that's the price we pay for keeping the spammers out.

I'm just venting because our last two registrations were from proven spammers... It's sad, but there it is.

We love REAL members who want to talk about real maker interests. We don't love spammers, and we try not to let them in. Ever.

To all the spammers reading this, please stop wasting your time and mine with this %&^#$%&.

Back when I modded a now defunct SEO forum we'd get hundreds of them some days, my morning routine involved removing the spam and banning the posters, by IP (usually the whole /24) if they were listed on stopforumspam dot com or in India, China, Pakistan, or the other usual places where we had very few members. Can't really go by email or user name very often, and phpbb did a good job of looking up IP addresses. We didn't go after them until they spammed, too many registrations in those heady days.

Some of them were entertaining, there was the Indian Love Guru who'd regularly spin up an ID and post about his love site in Hindi, and a regular spammer who described herself as a cute chinese girl. Most, though, were just the usual cr*p.

A lot of the spammers were from low wage countries, probably trying to make enough to get by and paid by the post. Still banned them, but thought of it as hate the behaviour, not the person.