As you all know, the software we use to run the forum has recently been under attack by a new way of spamming that involves humans (to get by the validation process) and automated bots (to PM everyone, over time). Other forums that run the same software have reported similar issues.
We have applied a software patch that does PM flood control on the PM screen, which means that members will not be able to send more than 1 personal message every 6 minutes. This will ensure that bots cannot PM spam anymore. In addition, we have disabled BBCODE in the PM system, so it will be impossible to send formatted text (or active links) in personal messages.
Anyone who still wants send many PMs will have to go through the normal process of signing up for a new account and posting a message in order to become validated, which is how we have prevented most spammers from having access to our forums. The initial post these spammers use to become full members are all pretty obvious and are normally off topic -- report them early, and hopefully, we'll get to them before they manage to send anymore PMs.
We're told that the upcoming version of our forum software includes a centralized SPAM reporting and banning service, which means that as soon as one of these guys hits one forum, they will be banned on all of them. This is the same method that most blogs use for anti-comment spam, and has been shown to be extremely effective.
Thanks for your patience, everyone. We'll try hard to make it as hard as possible for spammers to do anything here again, although it is always a game of catch-up as they find new ways to get in.
If you have other issues, please contact us at http://wetpixel.com/contact
Forum software updated: recent PM spam
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