baldeagle wrote:I don't know if the board has the capability, but I set up the Stovebolt site so that members are moderated until they've had four posts approved. While under moderation they cannot PM and cannot use a signature. This goes a long way toward cutting down on spammers and scammers. We also approve all applications, so we catch a lot of scammers at that point, but that might be more than you want to take on.
That capability does exist, but our problem with the option is shear numbers. In the first eight days of this year alone, we've had 135 new members register. The resources required to monitor and approve all initial posts would mean, essentially, a full-time paid position. To get an idea of the scope of this Forum (that Charles thought, when he originally created it on December 22, 2004, might, might
garner 200 members
) just scroll to the bottom of the main page. Over 17,000 members and counting, and over one million
Your few, friendly, neighborhood moderators are ducks. We try to look serene on the surface, but underneath we're paddling as fast as we can.
We can't read all 76,500 Topics every day. That's why we rely on the best, most law-abiding members in the world to alert us when they see something that shouldn't be here.
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