I have seen that many, if not all, of the spam threads I've been reporting lately include a string of asterisks in the thread title. This indicates that the user attempted to post a URL and it was thwarted by the forums software - thanks for that MR. Now, clearly these are posted by bots and I have an idea that may help reduce this type of spam if there were a way to implement the idea. parameters: If the user's thread includes a URL in the title or body that will be masked with asterisks and If the user's post count is zero then Ban the user, delete the thread and record the user's IP address. Perform an IP ban if the user's IP appears in the previously recorded IP list. It seems that this should be easy to implement with an if-then-else statement in a script or php file. I saw a user post a thread about how tiresome it can be to report several spam posts and having to deal with the post report time limit. I'm hoping that my idea will help make things easier on forums members.