I'm not seeing anything called IPhone at all Ruth. Unless one of the other mods/admin types dealt with it, and forgot to note it here.
If you see something that you want/need to report, all you need to do is click the white & red triangular sign with the exclamation mark in it. It is located directly to the right of the post number, on the top, right side of the posting.
Thank you, Helen! I never knew what that triangle was for.
It does indeed appear that the apparent spam has been dealt with. Last evening when I posted the above note, there were three identical posts in three of the sub forums which looked like some kind of promotion.
Although it's a delicious spiced luncheon meat, we really don't want it on our forums. I've turned on a couple more features in this newest version of vBulletin that make it a little more difficult to register a new account, but it should cut down on a large percentage of spam.
You may have seen that a bunch of users have recently signed up and then their accounts just go *poof* in the Member List. What I've been doing, when I have time, is check all new users against lists of known spam usernames/e-mail addresses/IP addresses -- even before you see a single post from that username.
The ones on those lists get my, "You've got a problem with your account. E-mail me" message when someone logs in using those accounts.
About a week ago I installed a plugin into my weblog in an effort to deal with the overwhelming amount of spam that I am getting buried in. This plugin (little piece of software really) checks all incoming traffic on my blog against 2 of these websites that track IP addresses known for spamming. When a known spambot/spammer lands on my site, the connection is automatically terminated. This means that legitimate people should (in theory) be the only ones using the pages, thus getting faster page loads.
During the first week what I've seen is that during a 24 hour period, this plugin is blocking approximately 750 to 800 spambots on my site. That's just crazy!
I'm slowly implementing some changes to improve security.
As of now, people cannot register using an e-mail address from mail.ru -- I also believe any current users that have a mail.ru e-mail are now banned (if you did get banned and you're a legitimate user, please e-mail me at email@example.com).
Sorry, but I had gone through about a 1/2 dozen more ban candidates today (spambots) that all had mail.ru e-mail addresses.
I'm going to do my absolute best not to ban Hotmail or Gmail, because they're good services that I've used since before MS owned Hotmail and since Gmail was created, respectively, and I know a lot of folks use these services.