Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Far Western NC, USA
I've only been a member for about a month here. It doesn't seem like "spam" is a huge deal on this site, but I do notice enough to make it a headache for the site administrator, moderators, etc.
I used to have a forum (totally unrelated to motorcycles) and I found that the "challenge question" security feature eliminated all of my spam. I had vBulletin as well.
Anyway, in my forum, when someone wanted to become a member, they had to answer a question which was 1) unique enough that the average spammer wouldn't know (or bother with) the answer, but 2) not so unique that someone new to this forum wouldn't be able to answer it.
The most basic example would be "What is the name of the motorcycle that this forum is about?" Of course, the answer would be "Versys". Now, that might be a little too basic, but you get my point.
To my understanding, a lot of the "spam" senders are really just computer programs that scan for forums and are able to identify the basic fields of name/e-mail address, etc., but aren't set up for challenge questions like this. Like I said, I asked a very basic question that anyone who would join my previous forum should know, and it eliminated spam completely. Anyway, just an idea.