It is sad just how much damage spammers do. All the things on the Internet that should be wonderful and useful for regular users get destroyed when they idiots go to work.
One solution is to not allow html in the sigs/etc. If someone wants to visit a site, a cut and paste is not hard to do. Kills the convenience but the spammers get nothing in return, which might be a good tradeoff.
>>>All the things on the Internet that should be wonderful and useful for regular users get destroyed...
Kind of like driving, a walk in the park, a night at the bar, a fling that turns into a bitter five year marriage... hmm, sounds like everything else in life that could be nice but can turn out bad.
I don't think it's surprising or shocking that someone would seek to gain an advantage or ruin something of mine at my expense, it's pretty much the way things are. The best thing to do is be aware and prepare so that it doesn't happen to you. Visit the bulletin boards for every forum software you use.
Also, always sign up for email notifications about product updates. Most people don't do that, but I have found it profitable to do so.