I thought I better update you on where we're at with spam and software to stop it taking over these boards and making things totally unusable.
There should also be one single place for everyone to share experiences, ask questions, provide feedback etc.
So , over the weekend we added Mollom software to the boards to start detecting spam. It's clear to regular users that spam on the system was on the rise and that something needed to be done to get control of it. Every forum of any size uses uses such a system and we can't be an exception.
As a result some of you may well have been asked to verify that you are a real person making a real post by competing a CAPTCHA box. We accept that this is a pain but we think the alternative - forums overrun by spammers - is a worse alternative.
Over the weekend (26-27 Nov) we had the Mollom software at a quite high setting and, as a result, it picked up quite a lot of posts that definitely weren't spam. We have now weakened the settings so hopefully it shouldn't pick up as many genuine posts.
One of the problems we have is that lots of the content on these forums could be seen as spam - we talk about treatments, medication, drugs a lot and these are exactly the kind fo things spam filters are wise to!
Please post here with comments, problems, ideas etc as we really need your feedback to get on top of this and to make sure it causes the minimum possible disruption.