Just want to give a bit of input from a fairly busy, semi-popular forum (no idea how popular we are really, but we get a decent amount of traffic).
For today only, we’ve banned 19 spammers (and today isn’t over – I anticipate 5 to 10 more). To put this in perspective, that is NOTHING! When we were on vB, at our highest spam point, we were dealing with over 1000 a day. I remember times we were knocking out 300+ accounts an hour. We ultimately put in features into vB that took that down to 10-30 an hour, but it was still far more than what we get in Discourse currently.
Quite frankly, I attribute that low number to a variety of factors:
- Discourse is a JS only app, so most spammers do not have an automated way of attacking us yet
- Email verification/activation (they must use a valid email account and activate it by pressing a button on their return).
- The built in spam tools available in Discourse.
I personally love the fact that handling a spam account is 3 clicks. Flag, Spam, Delete Spammer. Try that in vBulletin (it is a few more steps)
@Nimda, please give it time. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to keep the forum clean of spam. I really haven’t been that concerned about it. If the numbers start to rise, then discussions will need to be had on what changed and how to best handle the new attack vectors they are using. But that day hasn’t come yet.