Hmm. How 'bout that each new signup has to get its first 10 posts approved by a moderator? Should be fairly easy to weed out spambots that way, as most people won't go into the hassle of making 10 posts and then spamming everything.
On the other hand it might scare off new blood... hmm...
I feel this could turn into a cat and mouse game, but what about blocking certain words in the thread title, like 'episode'? I thought 'season' would be a good candidate for that too, but there are legitimate threads with that (social tournmanents, mostly).
What about blocking for words like "http"/"www"/".com" in posts/signatures until you've hit 10 posts? Not much point in spamming if you can't include links.
That's a good solution, right? Disable linking until threshold met?
Again, I don't think anything should be done to inconvenience legitimate posters/new members.
Maybe they should ask his middle name.
Now that’s what I call crowd-sourcing. Well done, forum. We promise to find a way to deal with the spam in thanks.
Any detectives figuring out the problem should look at this:
I'm pretty sure the thread was about 4 hours old when I took the shot.
Doesn't seem like a one or even two post requirement would work.
(I went on vacation.)