We have been keeping close tabs on the spam problem and are very aware that it has increased dramatically over recent weeks. We are also extremely appreciative of the efforts that many of you take on a regular basis to keep the forum clear of these intrusive & annoying messages.
We have examined a variety of methods for defeating spam (captchas, increased moderation, etc.) and have decided that the best way to defeat the problem is to add some intelligent detection & filtering at the time of message creation. If a message is detected as spam, it will get discarded before even being posted. This will likely not stop 100% of the messages (and we also have to be mindful of false positives), but it will reduce the volume dramatially and will hopefully take us off of the radar for the organizations who employ the spammers.
This addition is coming soon. In fact, we have 2 updates to MaplePrimes planned over the next 4-6 weeks.
The first update, which I hope to have in place within the next 1-2 weeks, is a significant one that includes a streamlined process for reducing the clicks (and therefore time) it takes to elminate spam messages that have already been posted. This change is based on a suggestion made earlier this year by Carl Love.
The second update will include an algorithmic method for detecting and elminating spam before they get published.
In the meantime, thank you again for the time you devote to keeping MaplePrimes clean.