I reported one of them yesterday trying to post that they were selling god knows what but it made no sense what they were typing/selling? It looks like they got terminated a few minutes after I reported 'em - although I don’t think they knew how to add links in the Signature.
Why not simply delete offending forum posts and then delete the account of these offenders. Or does this require too much time because the spammers keep returning?
Alternatively, why not require that someone has to be a member for 6 months or a year before they can leave a signature. How many spammers are going to stick around that long? Then after 6 months or a year, we would be allowed to leave a signature. I would think combining the deletion of offending accounts with a long waiting period would be enough. Am I wrong?
Repeat spammers are banned, but not everyone is so easily labeled a spammer, and nobody has time to make a subjective judgement of every post and every signature on a forum with thousands of daily users.
Since we are all reading about the new rule now. It would be helpful if some admin can remind us (or post a link) as to what are the restrictions on the signature format – in terms of graphics, number of lines, number of characters, font, color, etc. I’ve been here so long, I’ve forgotten what those were.
Can I make another suggestion, although maybe it isn’t as relevant.
I’ve just joined today, due to looking up info for pretty links on SMF addons, and I was able to add my website to my profile, which anyone can now see, but when they click on it, it takes me AWAY from this site, to my site.
I would have thought that opening in a new window may be better, so as not to actually exit from Sitepoint. Maybe even having a time limit before adding the website for new people may be worth considering ?
We already do that when we can. However, part of the problem is that people still think that we’re a happy little do-follow forum. New members’ links are already marked nofollow in the hopes that it will deter some of the dodgy types,
Alternatively, why not require that someone has to be a member for 6 months or a year before they can leave a signature.
Three months is hopefully long enough (90 days = 3x 30 ;)). If it requires longer, it’s a snap to alter the requirement to be longer.