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Old Oct 06, 2012, 11:19 AM
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Spammers draining username pool?

Having just reported another batch of off-topic spammers, a thought occured to me..

I suppose they are permabanned and thus the username they used will become unavailable for new members? As the spammers are trying to blend in, they are using usernames that a legitimate new user might like to choose (just one random example: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=439161), but can't since it has already been "wasted". At a rate of half a dozen spammers per day, how many years will it take until all meaningful usernames have been used up?

Yeah, I know the probability is extremely low and most likely nothing needs to be done, I just thought you might like to be aware of this.


Oh, btw, how about getting rid of that 60 sec delay while reporting OT spam?
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Old Oct 08, 2012, 10:53 AM
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Hi there,

The spammers often choose unusual or undesirable names, we haven't received any complaints
that were specifically tied to a user name that had been a spammer.

Regarding the 60 second delay, we are currently working on better ways to report spam. Stay tuned for some improvements in the near future!
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