OK, I am not a web programmer, but I have done a little investigation into the "Web Wiz Forum" software that Redwood is using to run this Forum.
Currently Redwood is using version 10.03 of the Web Wiz software and the latest version is 10.11. In the latest version there seems to be lots of tools to help control SPAM. Below is a list from their site. Now granted some of them would require an active Administrator, but a lot seem to be automatic.
I noticed another interesting thing about Web Wiz. It includes a File and Image upload manger (see below), which is something many people have been asking for...
So I have a few of questions for Redwood Marketing:
1) Can you appoint a few of the active participants to help with the SPAM control by giving them Administrator rights?
2) Can you block all domains outside the US & Canada?
3) Can you turn on the Image and File upload systems?
4) Can you expand the Categories, Forums and Sub-forums as was discussed in another thread?
I think we all agree we only want this Forum to grow and succeed, but we all know it will take a commitment from Redwood Marketing. The longer it goes without proper attention the harder it will be to make it happen.
Security and ANTI-SPAM
<ul>[*]Group and Individual User Permission System - View Forums, Create Topics, Reply, Edit Post, etc.[*]Anti-SPAM Tools prevent robots from posting SPAM messages[*]<strong ="redText">New[/b] StopForumSpam
- Checks with the StopForumSpam service to block known spammers
</span> SPAM Cleaner
Tool - One stop tool for removing, blocking, and cleaning up messages from a spammer[*]New
</span> SPAM Filter - Add words or Regular Expressions with configuarble actions when Spam Filter detects Spam in Posts[*] Anti-Spam Flood Control - Time span between members posts and number per hour[*]Private Message Anti-SPAM Flood Control - Number of private messages that can be sent per hour[*]New
</span> SSL Support
- Native support for SSL encryption for sensitive sections including Registration, Login, Profiles, Admin Area, etc.
(Requires an SSL Certificate and a website configured to use SSL)</span>[*]Secure login system with protection from Dictionary Hacking and Password Cracking[*]Email activation of new member registrations[*]Vetting system allows the forum admin to activate new members once they are approved[*]IP Address logging and blocking (IPv4 and IPv6 supported)[*]Bad Word Filter with support for Regular Expressions, for replacing unsociable words or phrases with those set in the filter[*]Fully moderated Topics and Posts - Topics and Post are displayed after being approved by a moderator[*]Double posting of identical posts blocked[*]Email Domain Banning[*]Member Suspension[*]Report Post with email alerts[*]Password protect forums[*]160bit one way password encryption[*]New</span>
Optional enforce Password Complexity[*]Security filters to preventing Cross Site Scripting (XSS) and SQL Injections[*]Protection from Cross Site Forgery Requests (XSFR)[*]<strong ="redText">New[/b] rel="nofollow" now added to all links by default to reduce link spamming to gain link juice[*]Proprietary Session Tracking - Improves security
and performance with support for load balanced servers, web gardens,
and web farms[*]High security Admin Control Panel login[*]Regular security audits carried out to make sure Web Wiz Forums is protected from the latest threats[*]24 hour vulnerability patch policy - Should a vulnerable area ever be found, we aim to have a patch released within 24 hours![/list]------------------------------------------------------------
File and Image Upload Manager
<ul>[*]Member Image and File Uploading with support for uploads up to 30MB in size[*]Built-in Member File Manager (uses Group Permission system)[*]Members can manage their own uploaded files, images and avatars[*]Built in File Browser for browsing member's upload folder[*]Member can view the amount of allocated upload space they have remaining[*]Preview files online or download files to your own computer[*]File details, including file name, file type and file size[*]Upload new files and images from your own computer with Progress Bar[*]Upload Progress Bar displays the percentage of
files/images uploaded, estimated time left, transfer speed, and more
(Progress Bar only available if using the Persists AspUpload 3 or above
Image Upload Resizing - Automatically resizes uploaded images over a configurable size.[*]Delete old files and images[/list]