Okay gang, this stems from email conversations while I was at work, a CC list that includes myself, Electricman, Rinso, and Buzzfloyd. (if anyone else wants on that list for debating board policy during the day, let us know). This issue is about spammers. I would like to propose a definition of "Spammers" for our boards: There are two varieties, unrelated and related. Unrelated spamming is the worse crime, and in these cases is defined as PayPal abuse, pyramid scams, ponzi schemes, and any 'first post' advertisements for anything unrelated to the community. I would think these posts can be immediately deleted by a moderator without requiring deliberation from the community. That's what we've said a mod's chief job should be from day 1. Related spammers are those whos first post advertises something discworldy, or related to the community in other ways. I feel this is not such a blatant crime and would frequently stem from a misunderstanding or an unawareness of our rules. I think they ought to be given a warning based on the specifics of the case, and maybe a nudge to the stamps forum for some. It's worth pointing out that only one or two of the paypal spammers on the old site ever posted more than one topic, and thus deleting their posts is likely to be far more effecient than getting the administrator to ban each and every one of them, but I would like to suggest that if we ever see one posting multiple ads for their illegal get rich quick schemes, taht we delete all posts AND ban the account. There is an alternative to deleting spam posts, which is that we lock the thread and move it to the Dungeon Dimensions. This may be more appealing to those with an extreme distaste for deleting anything whatsoever. Personally, I only think that would be appropriate for someone advertising their discworld ebay auction or the like, where the poster might want to join the community after they learn our rules, but not want to have their first post deleted. How do people feel about this? I'd rather just hear oppinions right now than actually set up a poll. Oh, and Ben, Damien, if i left out anything important, please add it in!