Whoah. I didn't expect this much of a response. So I'll just reply to the one topic most relevent to what I was raising.
Jim_UK wrote:I am amazed at all the anti spam topics that are created.
Sorry, I didn't see any topics that discussed a centralised spam list.
If you are using phpBB3 then it is not an issue at the moment
I'm using phpBB3 and am I'm deleting a small number of spam accounts most weeks. They seem to be becoming more frequent. But as suggested by others, they may be humans, not spambots. Regardless, once identified by an individual, it's a shame that not all forums can benefit from the information.
Do we envisage some central database of these IP's with all sites accessing it to check if it is ok to allow the registration. I can imagine how slow this would be.
I was thinking of a simple xml api. Send the IP to site which returns if it was found or not, as opposed to every forum requesting a list of 1000's of IPs.
Obviously this would require a single query to be executed from the central site everytime the registration page is loaded. I couldn't prediect the volume of requests and the load this would place on a server.