Bio part of profiles disabled

The last couple of months we have experienced a lot of “spam” in the way of member profiles just being registered to post “spam-links” to misc. sites in the “bio” part of the member profile.

Not really sure what these member registrations gain from doing this, as they are only visible to members who are logged in to the site. So really no SEO (search engine optimization) gains here.

And the last couple of days more than 1000 new members have been registered every day, so somehow it has spiked (with me being on vacation in Thailand). And most of these are this kind of “spam” members.

This has to stop! I’m therefor trying to completely removing the “bio” part of the profiles, both for new and existing profiles.

I have no way to filter this further, as long as I’m running the current Community Server platform. So I’m about any inconvenience this might cause you. I just hope it will stop the spam registrations as it takes me so much time to clean out after.

What do you mean by “Bio” part of profiles?

The “biography” part, where you could put a description of your self including a link to whatever you wanted.

OK Got it, thanks

And I’m sorry to say that this change didn’t work! Still get just as many new accounts.

So until further then all new members will require admin approval. Which means until I’m back home in Denmark tomorrow, then no new accounts will be approved.

I’m very sorry about the inconvenience, and if anyone got a better suggestion to how to prevent all these new bogus accounts, then I would love to hear from you. They are basically all hotmail accounts, so I could just prevent all hotmail accounts, but that would not be fair to real users with hotmail accounts.