Bustertheclown wrote:How is staying and hoping while things get progressively worse not also a death sentence? I can't imagine that spammers are going to follow us to a completely different board system, when the exploits are obviously here in the phpBB, which doesn't seem to have upgraded in five years.
What are you talking about, it's the current version.
The alternatives are SMF and vBulletin, which have their own scaleability problems. Every forum on the internet is not immune to this.
phpBB has to be modified to enable additional functionality, often with the problem if breaking other modifications. Ours is pretty much stock, because every time I've added functionality, a patch would destroy it anyway.
SMF and vBulletin have their own version of mods that do exactly the same thing, but are a lot more user friendly (eg SMF you can actually just tick a box like in wordpress, and it will install it for you) problem is that making a forum this friendly opens yet-more-security-breeches.
You don't know how often I get emails about compromised sites on comicgenesis. The threats are very serious. People abandon their comics, and then at some point their email gets hacked/phished and then their site is compromised.
It is very uneconomical to run a free-hosting site, it's no longer 2007. If people want to volunteer to help control spam, please do, otherwise, we have make do.
Right now signups to the forum are effectively disabled until I run more cleanup. It's very time consuming, and the major uptick in spam occured around November 8th, like from dozens to hundreds. I blame black friday.