Time will tell, 20 spam account creations since last night and only one post to delete. I’m tempted to add the moderation plugin that blocks posts from new members until a moderator approves them – we’ll see what happens.
I’m not keen on the theme particularly, but will need to find some time at some point to look at alternatives.
Mailman has an option to initially moderate (i.e. block) posts when an account is opened. Several lists I moderate then set the account to no moderation required if the initial post has reasonable technical content. Very effective at stopping spam, yet easy on the moderators.
On a forum that I administrate the simple addition of a compulsory “why do you want to join this forum” field stopped 99% of spam registrations.
Apparently just too much effort for the lazy spammers to think of something convincing!
By the way, is there anything we can do about the spammers hijacking pnotepad.org/docs all the time? I created my own login but did not have edit access so was unable to revert to the previous legitimate version. How do the spammers do it?
This is now done, the front page is completely locked down – only admins can edit it. New users now have read permissions only, and access for editing will be granted after asking for permission here or via mail.