We’ve all seen it on a forum at one time or another; spam.
Lots of nonsense posts trying to lure people into clicking on something that will either make you visit an advertisement somewhere or some sort of scam that will try and steal your password or install some nasty virus on your computer.
This is relatively easy to avoid by installing some sort of captcha, an acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”.
This is is a type of challenge-response test used in computing to determine whether or not the user is human.
They have been around for over a decade and can be installed without too much effort and it will keep a lot of spammers from accessing your forum as most of these use software that can’t get past the Captcha.
It is quite surprising and frustrating that this somehow seems to have been forgotten to be installed in the official Second Life forum!
For as long as I can remember the forum is plagued by spam, quite regularly you will find walls of these posts plastered all over the forum.
Often it is quickly cleaned up by forum moderators, but it is of course ridiculous that it has not actually been fixed.
Spam like this can be avoided!