Recently we've come under heavy attack by spammers. Even though I've made signing up a multi-step process, some of them take the time to answer the questions, pick a profile photo, type the captcha and confirm their email address. They then utilize a bot, a computer program that rapidly goes through the member list sending their spam to everyone - or until I notice and ban them from the network.
I've been lucky the past few days to catch them within minutes, but by then dozens of members have been spammed. I have an option that I usually enable overnight that requires my approval of new members, but I've been disabling that during the day because I feel honest members should not have to wait until I check my messages to approve them to sign in.
Minutes ago another spammer got through. I banned them within 5 minutes but sadly some of you were spammed. I've decided to enable the member approval process full time as I don't think any of you should be subject to this. Sadly they start at page 1 on the members page so it is the newest members who get spammed first.
I apologize that some of you have been spammed multiple times in the past few days. Please don't discourage you from being a member here, this is a friendly helpful community and we value your input and enthusiasm.
Again, I'm sorry for the spam you've gotten the past few days