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Postby Hummer Network on Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:43 am

It's unfortunate that this action had to be taken due to a tremendous increase in forum spammers lately. It's got to the point where more than half of new registrations are spammers. Changing the method of new account activation from "user" (the registrant is sent an e-mail containing an activation code which is used to activate the new account) to "admin" (an administrator has to manually activate each new account) has the following affects on the spammer situation:

1. It prevents spammers from gaining access to the Marketplace.
2. It serves as a deterrent for the spammers.

Spammers used to use "spambots", computer programs that find forums and automatically register and post spam, but spambots are easily defeated. Now they employ actual humans to register for forums and post spam. There are more and more of these so-called "manual spammers" all the time. It has become a serious problem for forums, and the Marketplace is based on forum software. Even worse, scammers and spammers also hit every online classifieds and the Marketplace is both a forum and an online classifieds. That makes it a magnet for both.

We apologize for the inconvenience. It's just another case of spammers ruining things for everyone else. Spam sucks.
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