Spammers & Trolls & Harassment will not be tolerated at all here. Unfortunately, it is a fact of "virtual life" that these things happen occasionally. Until we've got around the nuances of the registration system, please be on your guard for the likelihood of spammers or trolls. What you can do to help.
SPAM. If you come across a thread or a post containing gobbledigook & unspecified links to websites, then please don't click on them. Ideally, you can report the post in question to one of the staff, who will remove it asap. As the staff are all human, they may tend to sleep or go out for a latte or similar, so you can also help by replying to those posts to keep them near the top of the board where they'll be dealt with as soon as a staff member comes online.
TROLLS These pondlife will feed on any reaction they get from a provocative post. The key is "DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS". Again, report them asap, but do not, under any circumstances react to their attempt to rile you, as that is exactly what they are after.
HARASSMENT Should anyone feel they are being harassed or being sent inappropriate communications (including via PMs) then please report it to me or any of the other big hands (depending who who you feel more comfortable with speaking to). Bear in mind that you can, should you wish, forward PMs to us if you feel you are being approached in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable & we will take steps to make sure this doesn't happen in the future. We want this community to feel like a safe space for everyone & will take a very dim view of anybody abusing that.
Thanks to catsncheese for alerting us to a recent spam attack. & thanks ohfuchsia for deleting the offending threads. The perpetrator's IP addy has now been banned from the forum.
The staff have also added a registration process hold to add an additional filter for potential spammers so as to protect your forum experience. I would remind you that some forums are publicly viewable, so please use your common sense & avoid posting phone numbers & personal email addresses.
Update. I've added harassment to the fist post here. In hindsight, it should have been there in the first place but luckily we have been (as far as I know) free of that sort of behaviour for a long time. Let's only hope we can stay free of it.