You may have noticed a few more spam messages the past few days. Hopefully not though. Before this week I was approving everyone's first post. This gave me the opportunity to delete accounts that were spamming our forum. It worked great for preventing spam. The down side was that new forum members posts were delayed in being published. A few days ago I turned off first post approval. It almost seems like the spammers knew it because we were getting more spam in the forum than when I was approving posts.
I'm going to leave off first post approval for a few more days to see hows things go, but, it looks like I'm going to need to turn it on again -- sorry to the future new forum members. However, to be clear when I do approve the first post it is only the first post, once a first post is approved the new member can post without approval.
Your thoughts are always welcome.