Topic: I need your input.
As you know we get our fair share of spammers (or more precisely, spamdexers) on our site.
They're coming in to post a link (or links) and some quick references to their site in order for Google, Yahoo and Bing to rank them higher in internet searches.
I hate it. I call them out on Twitter, and I've even written the companies that are hiring these unethical "SEO" Companies. I've hard-coded lines of programming into our message boards so that links won't be followed by search engines. No matter what I do, it doesn't work.
We're getting about 10 new registrations per day, usually 9 of them are bogus. On the weekends, the numbers double and even triple that and nearly all of them are bogus.
For the last couple weeks, I've actually been closing our site to new registrations overnight. It's worked for the most part, but they still sneak in during the day.
I'd like to require new registrations to be approved by an actual person before they can post on our site. We'll catch 98% of spammers this way. It will lead to less spam, better search results for us and maybe even the comeback of the unicorn. (ok, maybe not unicorns, but more rainbows? you bet.)
The down side? It may delay registration by as little as a few minutes and up to a few hours. Many other forums have gone this route, and it might just be our solution.
What do you think? Would this delay negatively affect new registrants, to the point where they don't even bother to register?
P.S. While I was actually typing this, two spammers registered. Full Lace Wigs and Goose Down Jackets. It's getting ridiculous.