I agree with you totally I also highlighted this issue in this thread:
Not to sound rude but it feels like if the developers or the main people aren’t too affected by an issue then its not regarded as an issue.
SPAM is major problem and while a test site might work fine if you have niche sites around certain topics you might get more spam than others based upon the fact that spammers might come across your site through keywords specific to your site and as such the devs might not neccisarily experience such problems.
I have tried everything some spambots even seem to get around CAPTCHAs, the only option I have is to manually approve each new user.
IMHO – being overcritical will not solicit the best help. Like any community – you’ll need to fight spam regardless of the platform and requires ongoing patience to battle.
Some tricks I use
block all MSIE456 users, block bad bots, block known spammer country CDIR ranges, rename template pages, try whatever plug-in and tweak if needed.
Are stwc’s solutions not enough?
Any of you who continue this thread any further are simply staring the ‘gift horse in the mouth’ so to speak.
~ spam in a problem for every company, be it IBM, Google or WordPress. These companies spend millions combatting it and it’s a problem for almost any CMS, or site that has UGC. If you can’t install Askimet, and/or a couple other preventative measures on your site, then you should hire someone who knows what their doing or you have a compromised(hacked) site where once again, you should hire someone who knows what they’re doing.
while not naming names ~ I have watched ‘your’ post on this forum and you’ve offered very little contribution and quite a bit of negativity. That doesn’t bode well for an open source community who provides you a product free of charge. Perhaps providing some meaningful feedback about your experiences will help the community develop better solutions instead of glaring accusations and harsh criticism? In fact your post in this community are very much like spam for the very same reason. At this point, you’ve pretty much hit an all time low since your accusing developers, many of whom work for free, of turning a blind eye towards the issue of spam. If you’re unhappy with website, may i suggest move on to another piece of software that is magically immune to spam robots, where you’ll most positively be a great asset, not only to them, but also with your absence here on the Buddypress Forums.
what i read here is just childish… what kind of site do you run? from what i see on your site and twitter profile, you are a SEO marketer?…
you start a site for bloggers, what do you think you will do with it… grab spammers. this is the only goal on a site with open registration and off-topics.
i had hundreds of incompetent clients in the past, who thought they were gods and they knew everything and were able to fix everything they were touching… they were also whinners and drama queens. complaining about spam?… sure you can put the fault on the guys here, but that just show that you know nothing about spam, not a single bit.
a good captcha is not useful if the spammer is a human paid by a company to post adverts… a good filtering engine is not good either when the spammers use trolling techniques to post psychadelic messages…
it is the job of the site admin to filter by hand, to approve the content, to find great topics for a site, or simply to not use the boring “off-topic” market that is so profitable… like you just did to raise your seo rank.
you’Re simply not good at seo… leave.