Originally Posted by Part-time
I wouldn't mind helping you guys boot spammers of here...
It would be nice if we (moderators) could boot spammers off of the site. As it is, we only get to clean up the mess. The mess being automated posts full of jibberish and links to Chinese knockoffs of designer items. When it comes to spam, everything is automated, from account registration to post creation. New registrants have their posts put in a queue to be approved (or not) by a mod. There are 2500-5000 new posts every day, waiting for approval. The mods get to sift through them and pick out the ones that are legit, and disapprove the rest. I think there are maybe one or two legit posts per day, but there could be fewer. It is possible that we occasionally mistake legit posts for spam, which is a shame. But reading spam posts/topics can make you cross-eyed pretty quickly.
More moderators would be great, but IMO a better solution would be to implement a few changes to make it more difficult for the spammers to register and post. Simply banning registrants and posts from Chinese IP addresses would help. Improving the registration process with more intelligent challenge questions, even Captcha (which I find annoying, but it is apparently effective), would be a help. But none of the moderators can do any of those things.
Thanks for volunteering. I hope you get the promotion!