Welcome to the internet...this is Al Gore's fault.
I knocked off at least 20-30 posts by this guy already. Problem is he changes his IP virtually every time, so he is a career spammer and quite serious about what he does. I also knocked off 4 before finally retiring much later than I should have.
I offer this simple warning..well 2.
Do not open suspicious looking threads...period.
We do what we can to clean up TeaChat and it is a very spam resistant and spam free forum. But spammers do what spammers do. Just don't give them the satisfaction. This guy will ultimately quit. They generally do when they finally realize there is no point because we are certainly not giving up on our end.
Do not open suspicious links. Do not open links by new members who have fewer than 6 posts and have been members less than one month!!!
Simply put, you do not want to open links of just anyone...and until we know a newbie, don't take the chance. Some spammers will embed their link to make it look like something else. I have contacted the other mods and told them I have adopted a zero tolerance policy regarding this issue. Newbies with less than one month AND less than 6 true posts...his/her links will be removed, no exceptions...period. There is a forum rule for this...I have just been a softie til now.
As Mary stated, there is more activity on the forum which is great. It is what we all want, more posts, more talk about tea. But with it comes more attention by the unscrupulous.
Thank you all for understanding that we are doing all that we can and always considering even more.