Originally Posted by ScotSites
Why was someone with a name like exhidswix allowed to post in the first place? Does the admin not check the registration details before allowing even the obvious trolls through?
Well, no. Admin is quite a busy person really, and just exactly HOW can one tell that it is an obvious AND definite troll? Yes, it had a daft-looking name, but some reasonable people do go on internet message boards with daft names, oddly enough.
I do not, for instance, have my electricity bill, and the dreaded council tax bill, posted to Celyn, number thingmie, xxxx Street, Glasgow, because such entities tend to prefer a different sort of name. I don't suppose you have all that much mail addressed to Ms/Mr Scotsites, either, because you might just have a different name.
Just to target the sillier looking names would not get round the spammers that turn up as innocent-sounding "Jenny" or "David" or whatever. But you know all this: don't you run a site yourself?
Just be alert (remember, old badge from the 1970's - "your country need Lerts!"
) and tell Admin and mods whenever you see the evil spammers at work. This SPAM Alert thread works fairly well as I have set it to send me email whenever there is any post in here, and I suppose Babz and Kathy and Admin have done so too. You must allow for some time differences and must allow for people being busy and not being online, but mostly it works quite well. Not perfectly, but workable. Also send a PM to any and all mods and Admin and the first one to come along will deal with it.
BUT I am now quite taken with the idea of telling the electricity bods and the council tax bods and a whole lot of other people to address their post to "Celyn". Oh, yes, worth a try, eh?
Heck, looking at my over-overdrawn bank account, anything is worth a try.