New Members Forum Has Been Disabled

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Dec 5, 2019.

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,904) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    After examining recent threads in the New Members forum, I found that many of them were spammers. As such, the New Members forum has been disabled and content will be removed soon.

    Here's how it worked: Spammer joins, posts a New Members thread, a mod approves the harmless looking thread, the welcome wagon hits the thread with replies and likes, which promotes the spammer into the "safe user" threshold. This allows them to drop their SEO spam here and there, get it indexed by search engines, and then they never come back.

    I'd like to thank the welcome wagon for welcoming everyone and being helpful, but it's wasting too much of everyone's time and allowing spammers to abuse the site.

    And please use the forum's report feature to alert mods of possible spam.

    Thanks, Todd
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