Why UtahMountainBiking.com deletes some registrations -- our spam-prevention policy
At this time, our anti-spam measures have slowed down "spam registrations." (See the discussion below for information on why this is a problem for us -- and for you as a user of this website.) Your registration is presumed to be legitimate if you pass the "spam-bot" questions, and you can activate your account yourself by responding to the email you receive from the board software. However, as soon as possible after you activate your account, it will be reviewed by our administrators. The account will be deleted -- without notice to you -- if it meets certain characteristics of a spam registration.
SPAM 1: Bogus registrations
The bogus registration itself usually contains a link to the business, in an attempt to increase the "Google ranking." The idea is that the spiders of search engines will see the link within the member list -- and after creating hundreds of registrations on various forums, this will affect how likely a company is to pop up in the first page of results from a user search. So that's Problem 1: clogging up our server space with bogus registrations. Despite our anti-spambot measures, only about 1 of 20 registrations is actually legitimate.
SPAM 2: Product or website promotion
WHAT WE DO:
Why are Las Vegas registrants not automatically approved? Unfortunately, there's an active commercial spam operation through Henderson/Las Vegas ISPs. If you live in that area, and are using the involved server, you may need to email us after you register. (Include your username.)
Why Montreal and Quebec? Same reason. Not that there's anything wrong with speaking French.
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