Zombie Pumpkins! wrote: On a more general note, I notice a lot of new members who create a forum account but never speak. Spammers laying in wait? Hard to say, but I don't quite understand why they join but never speak up. Maybe so they can log in and use the "view new posts" options?
I can actually shed a little light on this part.
May not be ALL but you will find Some.
This is a new game, these guys are playing.
What they do is they Join as many Boards they can.
It don't matter what the Board is or the topics it covers.
Why do they do this?
It's just to add their WWW Link in their Profile.
Search Engines Like the top Dog Google, It's believed that they Base a sites ranking - By How many sites Link to them.
Googles Bots, don't distinguish between Websites or Forums.
So these guys are Getting their Link to their sites by way of adding it to their Profile.
What's really SAD: is this profile link counts as if you added their banner on your links page. The Bots only read TEXT.
So banner or URL in profile is the same to the bot.
What I do, is every few weeks, I sort my member list by www.
if I see no post was made by a member for a period of time, I remove their Link.
I could look into this, But I'm sure we could add a no-follow rule for www links, (where the Search Bots don't count these links)
But This does not work for the Genuine Members that have websites.
I want the folks that contribute to the board, to also be successful with their websites if they have one.
Spammers on the other hand are removed immediately .