Some of you may have noticed a particularly unsavory taste in the forums recently. That would be the complete posers with nothing better to do with their lives than spend all day sitting behind a computer, creating accounts in public forums and posting spam in the guise of actual posts.
Some misdirected Einstien out there has devised a scheme for making money by paying these poor saps to create accounts, adding links to their clients pages as part of their signature, and then reposting copies of posts from elsewhere in the forum.
Since tech support forums tend to see the same questions a lot , they are often simply responded to with no attention paid to the signature links (in my case they are not even rendered in the Blackberry's WAP browser) , and thus spammers escape detection.
Thanks to several dedicated, long-time forum members being kind enough to report the spammers they see, we've been able to fight off the advancing hoarde. I've been spending an inordinate amount of time banning them, deleting their posts, and fretting about the loss of time that could be supporting a community of people who're actually doing things with their lives who happen to use or want to know (or help others learn) more about PureMVC. So at first I began banning by IP range, hostname, username and email blocking. Then setting the signup process so that you had to respond to the activation email before posting, and finally, I've gone to the next level: member approval.
Here's the skinny, folks. I'm a professional. I support a tool to be used by professionals. Our communitiy thrives on professionals communicating with each other to perfect our art. I cannot sacrifice value of the forums to the existing community by allowing ill-intentioned interlopers to degrade our excellent signal-to-noise ratio. Nor can I afford to spend the time I allocate daily to be squandered chasing these morons down.
Therefore, the forums will henceforth be open only to existing - unbanned - members, and all new members must first join the PureMVC Developers Group at Linked-in.com.
If you are a professional in the software business, there is absolutely no reason why you should not have a Linked-in account. There is no professional
so secure in their work that they don't need to be connected to the largest and most useful professional resource in existence. Joining the PureMVC Developer group is free. So if you would like to join the PureMVC forums, set up a PureMVC.org Forums Account
and then send me a Linked in message
, with the PureMVC forums username you've created that is awaiting approval. I'll gladly approve it, so that you can post queries in either place.
For those who would like to participate in the forums, but do not have (or want) a Linked-in account, I am truly sorry that we cannot allow you to add your voice to the forums at this time. For those already having Linked-in accounts, you know it's an easy step to take when you want to participate here. And for the benefit of those who make up our existing, valuable community, know that sanity will be restored shortly.