I, among with a lot of veteran MapleTowers members, have become exasperated with the large spambot problem that seems to have been plaguing this forum as of late. As I only have limited power over the forum (and limited contact with Lindsay) I have decided to enact the following changes immediately. (For any staff, you may share your opinion in the staff forum if you want. For now I want to throw something out there and hopefully this will change a bit depending on staff and/or user input.)
- Any new account whose posts are worded much like a spambot, regardless of whether or not the account has advertisements in their sig or profile, will be permanently banned.
- I will start to ban the Class B IP range (ex. 127.0.*.*) of any account banned for being a spambot
- All threads created in this forum specifically (The MT Digest) will be closed upon creation until further notice. I apologize that it has to work this way for our veteran members but, it has to do until I can come up with a more reasonable solution
- All accounts banned as spambots will be reported to the spammer database at Stop Forum Spam.
Once again, I'm sorry that it has to come to this. I especially understand that banning such a large class of IP ranges could have effect on innocent users. If by any chance any current or potential (non-spammy) user is affected by any IP ban I place then contact me immediately. (If you don't have me on any IMs or don't know my e-mail then PM me on Sleepywood, even.) If any other members have any ideas feel free to PM me.