I'm trying to keep spammers off this forum.
I deleted one guy who on his first login this morning posted to the Classified/Auctions area that no one uses, so he was easy to spot. I nailed one yesterday who posted in the Book section trying to sell something on their first post as well.
It's hard to know who is and isn't a potential spammer.
Before I approve someone I Google their username, and then their email address. If anything highly questionable appears I don't approve them. However that doesn't mean something might not slip through.
The only other way I can head these folks off is to email every single applicant to the forum to get their intention. I don't have that kind of time or energy to email folks constantly like that - especially when I had five memberships to either approve or reject so far today along with laundry to do, dishes to do, a house to keep clean, gardens to water etc...
So here is my thoughts. I'm going to continue to Google people as they apply. However if you see spam, a sales post by someone who has just joined, or something with a new member just isn't right and seems weird, report the post and I'll get to it, or one of the other mods will get to it if it's in their section and we will take care of it.
Please don't respond to the spammer's or seller's post however. Just report it. We'll take care of it.
Thanks for your help!