I am a very new admin, promoted from moderator. I noticed an influx of the alphabet names, .ru addresses and link spammers since around April 13th. I don't know if they just discovered us then or they discovered a way around the image validation around that date. It seems like everyone has been seeing an influx of these "members" in the past couple months. Another admin who just handles the coding and server issues is looking into other means of preventing these spammers, in the meantime I got the go ahead from the site owner to delete all these members and ban a few of the most common addresses. But I noticed another type of spammer that I haven't seen mentioned here. Their email is always alex@somethingorother. Often the @address is the site they are promoting but it's always different (one was obviously referring to porn). I can't seem to ban alex@*, is there some other way to do it? I use phpBB. I am leery of wildcard banning "alex" because a legitimate member could have that in their user name/email. They usually don't post, perhaps because the email is phony and they can't validate, so for now I am just deleting them. Thanks for any input. This site has been a big help to me.