There is the inevitable problem of people being unfamiliar with the rules and too impatient to go read before complaining 'links don't work' or spamming in some other way. Because of this, there are many 'redded-out' posts which make it extremely hard to navigate download threads. It's self-defeating when there are many posts in bright red obscuring links.
I suggest that, before users are allowed to access any download forums, a succinct page of rules about spam with a set timer be presented to each user. If this page is succinct and has a short timer, they will be forced to read it. Those who spam have posts deleted entirely or a 1-line explanation and link to a rules page.
I think this is a good idea!
Actually I've seen this problem accuring more and more over the last year, people just search for download sites, find AF and post without thinking.
Even though most posts I saw were simple "thank you" posts, but still SPAM
Maybe the info about the "thanks button" can be included in the rules page to read
I absolutely agree with this idea It's difficult to browse the download threads due to those "unwanted" posts It'd be nice to see this one implemented.
Or what mokona suggested: the error message when you try posting without a link
although I in general agree to the theory ..it would be very hard to do....and more page code for Dai-kun ..would be a bit unfair ....
BUT removing the spam postings is a very easy and possible thing to do ....I think there is a hidden "trash can" section (post counts are effected here by deletions)...maybe an auto-warning for spamming after a mod/admin deletes the offending post??