I just had a thought on this. Bit late I know.Just a thought, but a system I've seen used very effectively elsewhere, is to make it so that every user's first message must be approved by a moderator. Once a user has posted a non-spam message they are allowed to post directly.
Having said that, there does seem a little less spam lately, that I've noticed...
I have been trying to check a little more often during peak spam hours, and kill then before I read new posts. If that is helping out I will try to keep it up.Nah we're just tackling it quicker.
Yes, that would capture the few that I've seen in the past few months while you mods have been temporarily away I guess. They either had:In addition to the "no URL in your first post", is there a "no poll as your first post" rule that can be put in place? That'd probably take care of a lot of them, too. And "no URL in your profile" would kill a few more.