I thought you and Don W were moderators who could deal with the spammers and that is why it hasn't been so bad here for quite some time (until this latest barrage of BS).
HI Don. John also has mod status. However whilst we can delete spam posts, we are not allowed by IMSI to delete the spammer. Only Admin can do that. This last few days, I'm guessing over 1500 spam posts have been deleted, but until Zunair blocked the latest three spammers we were just playing catch-up.
Normally, if its just a single post we just delete the post. With multiple posts we delete them, and send a message to admin (Zunair), who can block the spammer when he has time. May not be the most ideal situation, but it is what we have to work with. And to be honest, normally it works quite well.
That said, these last few days have been a rarity for us, with nine spammers and lots of posts. We were just unlucky that Zunair was not available to block the spammers, once we realised they were not going to stop. Actually following something John mentioned. I just looked at the Mac forum, and they still have a huge amount of spam posts which no-one is deleting.
FWIW I think the only way to deal with this properly is to allow the Moderators to remove the spammers from the users list when it first starts.
I can understand why that will never happen. What would be handy, is if they trained more IMSI staff to use the forum. When we had Tamara and Khadija as well as Zunair, we had more people who could deal with blocking spammers. If they trained, say five admin, and let us know who they were. Then that would help for times when Zunair is out of the office or on holiday.