About the search engines i think they could do so much more than they do now with torrents and spam sites etc, rather than un-list them they rank them high up so if someone searched the name of a software there is often a dodgey site on page 1 or 2 unless it has lots of popular websites linking to it but it would still list high after those. Also it's got to the point if you go to a site like youtube if there is ever a software demo/tutorial someone will ask where they can get the software and then someone will recommend they get the torrent as if it's cool and ok to do. So yeah if the search engines just un-listed the sites with all that stuff or just placed them really low rank so people found them hard to find i honestly think it would be much less of a problem. I doubt anything will happen with that though and the search engines probably make money from doing it, they might make things for spam i guess because if it was pure spam people would use other engines but i doubt they put loads of time into it as you say.
Yeah, last year I discovered dozens of spam signups that I never noticed because they never posted, but had terribly spamy links in their "about me" areas. That took a while to clear out. That's one reason we completely stopped all external linking for new users.
What you should do is after a while if they have no posts it emails them a message saying that the account will be deleted if they don not do anything or to click a link to re-activate it etc. Of course this would not apply to anyone that signed up for real and made at least 1-5 or so posts because if they just went off they could leave it without worrys. What it would do though is just stop those spam bots that lurk for a year or whatever not doing anything and then flood the forum with spam posts.
Edited by Music3000, 14 September 2009 - 09:37 AM.