The War Against [strike]Terror[/strike] Spammers I thought it was time to give you all an update on some behind the scenes forum stuff. One of the big issues we faced last year was a severe influx of Spambots. We tried to manage this in a number of ways and all seemed quite futile. Now we're actually winning the war against these things. Our forums are clean and tidy with no spam visible. We are very pleased with the result. What was once a tiresome manual effort is now a relatively easy process to remove spammers if they get through the initial blocks... Spambots are getting smarter it seems, a few of them do get through still. Here are some numbers for those interested: 11,895 Spammers Denied Registration 297 Spammers Permanently Banned 320 Spammers submitted to StopForumSpam.com 642 Spammy Posts Automatically Moderated 1,241 Spammers manually submitted to StopForumSpam.com Without the protection in place we can only imagine at how insane the forums would look now, not to mention how many times Snape would have replaced his dreaded BanHammer due to overuse... A big thank you to our moderation team for putting in the hard yards at the start to get our processes and blocks in place to make your forum experience spam free!