Toolmaker wrote:Well the mod I was thinkin of for phpBBS would not allow any post to make it to the board unless OK'd by someone with the priviliges. I think it gets put into a forum only mods and admins can see, after approval it goes to the forum originally posted to. An easier option would be to have ALL new account closed to posting until a mod or admin contacts person via email to confirm account.
I don't like fora that has a mod look at every posting first. Plus on this board, I think it'd be a CLUSTERFUCK for the mods to approve *every* post before it goes out. They wouldn't even have bathroom breaks. There's an obscene amount of posters on this board.
The verification that it's a real person on the other end of the registration is a good idea. One way to handle that is like that scrambled numbers-and-letters box like what Yahoo!Groups and other forums have as part of the registration process. That'll stop a spambot cold in its tracks.
The IMDb board puts a stop-watch on posters; once you post, you can't post again for 2 minutes. This is a good idea; it makes sure that the posters take the time to read the thread completely and think about your response. It cuts back on blurted out one-liners, off-the-cuff/uninformed flames and repeated thoughts. Might stop a spambot, too, or at least slow it down enough for the mods to kill it before it gets too far.
I do agree that we need to think of something to do about it. Burning Man is big, and that means it attracts spammers and other antagonists like bees to honey. We're on their radar and the attacks will only keep coming, they'll never go away now.