john444 wrote:Or, just e-mail me directly @ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
No, I specifically asked if I could PM you. I never give out my email address on forums, and you shouldn't either. Nobody should. Giving out email addresses on forums is an anachronism. That's why I x'ed out your email address in this response. You should edit your post to remove it, even as you tried to make it harder to use.
(The nasty spammers make you send messages in code.)
Yes, indeed, the nasty spammers. You know, I have a forum of my own (completely different subject), and I don't have any spammers. How about that? Look at the who's online list here. I'm looking at it right now and there's spammers registered
, like this one -
I spotted it just by the name alone. Interesting you might think - How did I do that?
I've been involved with owning and running forums for years, and there's never, ever, ever, been a time where we had to disable PMs because of spammers. PMs are the defacto means of communicating privately with other members, and should have/would have been used in this case of our back and forth. I don't know why the Admins here aren't doing anything to stop the spammers. I've looked again at the registration page and what they have there (or don't have) is the problem. If they would take advantage of my experience (I've offered to help before) they might be able to stop more of the spammers. Somebody is listening to me because when I pointed out in another post that the birhtday list was being used by the spammers to show their names, somebody disabled it. They didn't thank me for the advice though.
But that isn't enough. The spammers aren't interested in PMs, they are interested in putting advertising links in their profile and signature. If you don't believe me, look at a spammer's profile. I don't use phpBB (I use SMF) but I went to their help pages and it took me less than 5 minutes to find the information they need here to help reduce the spammers.
Hint: For starters, the CAPTCHA is almost totally useless these days.
Like I said, if they want me to help, all they have to do is ask.