so you just figured that out uh red?
its been that way for years now. they have bots that post.
they have apps that log in and join forums to allow the bots to post
they have apps that try and break the blocking codes of the forums
some get it broken and some don't. but when it is broken it is then
spammed with tons of spam posts as fast as 100 per 3 seconds. maybe
but they do the same in emails those niki sent you a message emails are just
as fake and from a spam bot as a usa, three dollar bill with nixions picture on it.
only way to get rid of the posts is to remember the url they came from and make
a script to delete that post from that url. and make another bot to go to that url
and spam it with tons of junk so the spam bot can't get any time to send any out.
and make another script to remove the option for spammers to join the forum.
then at last use a posting for guest or for joining that confirms the submitition
by the person twice. each time it uses different pictures to pick and they are
not the same for the second confirm message. the pictures can be anything but must not be named as to give away what they are if you use a zebra don't name it
zebra.jpg name it some code name only the script you make knows. then encrypt the script twice so it can't be figured out very easy.
and make anohter app to protect both of those apps and scripts from the spammers bots destroying your protection.
doing all that will stop the spammer's bots because they can't tell what picture is
a zebra with out looking at the file name and you changed that to a code and then encrypted it.
sure it works. just try it and watch how many complatins you get by people that
want to join your forum but don't like going through all that mess to post as a guest or join.
i'll bet you won't see one normal person complain about it only the spammers cause now their bots can't get in the forum.
but you better go through the fourm archives and remove every post with hiden links in them going to shoe store pages. or other junk sites those are just pages on servers that host spammers bots and they can follow those links back to the forum post and get inside the forums.
so get rid of those.
you make it all work like that in automatic mode and you won't have to touch them again unless some hacker gets a way to figure out your scripts that were encrypted.
but most the time if they got that much hassle to get in they just go away or cry like a bunch of whinny babes that the stuff is to hard to get on the forum with to post.
sure it is for them spammers which is why you put it there to keep spammers out.
just like crook will go for the unlocked door before he spends time trying to unlock
one to get in. same on spammers.