We've been battling spammers for a while now but recently it's been exceptionally bad. We were seeing spambot signups at 20-30 a day with threads and posts hijacked all over the board.

All these posts had to be manually wiped out and the spammers banned. It was a big process and sometimes felt completely overwhelming.

Given the low activity by actual posters I even considered closing the site down all together.

Instead I decided to try a few automated tools to try and curb spams. So far I've seen no spam posts since that was implemented. Let's hope it sticks.

There are filters and rules in place to identify and block spam posts, but only time will tell if this somehow affects users posting here as well. Please let me know if you see strange behavior or being denied posting rights and I can tweak accordingly.