In an effort to stem the tide of spam on V is for Voltage, I've installed a new feature that will prohibit new accounts from posting content with no review.
V is for Voltage has obviously gotten the attention of spammers, and every so often a load of spam gets posted on the site. There's a tradeoff between making it easy for new legitimate users to join and jump into the conversation, and making it hard for spammers to join. We've been leaning towards making it easy to join and get started posting right away but that's obviously left the door too far open for the spammers.
The new feature prohibits new comments (without review) for accounts that have less than 10 points, and prohibits forum postings or new blog posts unless the member has earned 30 points.
What this means is someone with a new account will be able to post comments, but those comments will be invisible and will require moderators to review the comment. That will let the moderator staff detect a spammer without the spam being visible to anyone. Once the new member earns enough points they'll be able to post comments automatically, and when they earn enough more points they'll be able to create forum or blog posts.
I'm regarding this as a promising experiment but if it turns out wrong this feature will be backed out.
In the meantime those members who already have enough points to do all this, you will have received email from the site congratulating you on earning a new role. These emails are based on the above description.