Brad R. Torgersen wrote:I avoid going back to mod approval for new logins for one very important reason: active user retention.
Unfortunately, the spam may soon make at least one user inactive: me.
Because of how the forum is organized, it's very difficult to identify fresh posts. I'm sorry, that's just a fact. I have to look at the front page for the top-level topics that have changed recently. Since they're not sorted by date, I have to read the update dates with my old tired eyes.
So then I find a top-level topic with a change. I click on it. Within are a large number of specific topics. Although the fresher ones seem to usually be near the top, they're not sorted. So I really have to read all the update dates with my old tired eyes.
And then I click on a topic. And did I mention my internet speed is only a little better than dial-up? That's one of the costs of life in the quiet countryside.
So then I get to the topic... and it's spam. Four times tonight, even.
And I don't decide not to visit here; but I find that I visit less, because there's a good chance I'm wasting my time.
I don't know if new user approval is the answer; but I wanted to point out that spam also affects active user retention.
Martin L. Shoemaker
F - Q1V28,Q1V29
SF - Q4V28
HM - Q2/3V28,Q2/3/4V29,Q1/2/3V30
WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! WRITE!
SUBMIT! SUBMIT! SUBMIT! SUBMIT! SUBMIT!
REPEAT! REPEAT! REPEAT! REPEAT! REPEAT!
Patience. Patience. Patience. Patience. Patience.