Given the recent upsurge in spammers as new members, I'm testing functionality that requires new membership requests be first reviewed and approved by me before they can officially join this network. This will hopefully cut down in the amount of annoying spam posts we have encountered recently. Let see how this feature works out....

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Comment by John Kranz on September 17, 2009 at 4:46pm
Now that spammers are required to "answer" 3 custom questions that are hobby-related, the answers are pretty hilarious. Props to one spammer, though. Rather than a nonsensical answer, they actually put the answer "Risk" for all three questions (even though those answers don't make any sense given the question. I'm finding their attempts to still get accepted pretty darn funny so far. Hey, have to find humor where you can.....
Comment by Mark Dwerlkotte on September 17, 2009 at 12:33pm
What! I thought all those girls liked me.....You mean....they didn't....You're kidding...wait....shoot...darn it.;)
Comment by Jon Compton on September 16, 2009 at 11:45am
You mean all those hot chicks wanting to date me was actually spam? DAMN IT!
Comment by John Kranz on September 12, 2009 at 11:02pm
Just declined another batch of spammers that would have otherwise gotten in. We should be in good shape now moving forward as far as unwanted spam goes. Tell your friends who left because they didn't like all the spam here...it should be history now. I'll run a newsdesk story on Monday as well to alert the masses.
Comment by Jim Millard on September 12, 2009 at 10:06pm
John-
I really appreciate your efforts at this, in addition to all the regular work you do for the site-Thanks!

Sincerest warm regards,
~Jim
Comment by Mark D on September 12, 2009 at 4:10pm
Why not just add a captcha?
Comment by John Kranz on September 11, 2009 at 10:50pm
New member verification process works real good. Just to make sure I can tell someone is legit, I made a few of the member profile questions required at time of sign up. This way I can tell if someone has no clue about gaming. ;-)
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on September 11, 2009 at 8:50pm
Check your inbox. :)
Comment by John Kranz on September 11, 2009 at 8:39pm
I don't think most spammers would bother or know what to put in a profile to try to avoid detection. Usually they are out there trying to hit hundreds or thousands of web sites each day. But who knows...we'll see how this works out. If you know of any suspect profiles, just shoot me an email. Thanks!
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on September 11, 2009 at 5:49pm
There are still a bunch of spam profiles out there too, including one that looks as though he tried to look like a gamer. But the About Me section gives it away.

Will any policy be able stop the ones who go to the trouble of putting on a human front? It seems as though there still has to be some monitoring of user profiles, especially of fairly new people, to make sure that they don't join under false pretenses, and then fly their spam flag as soon as they're approved.

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