Asia_Expat - 6:33 am on Nov 7, 2010 (gmt 0)
No, there are only four moderators and I do most of the spam slaughtering... We're a relatively small forum but we have very high quality traffic for our niche. This attracts a lot of local business in the countries we cover trying to sell their services to our readership. We also get a lot of shill members, especially from Hong Kong. We even had a well known hotel, a subscription TV station, and a major ISP shilling us. They were real amateurs and it was easy to trace the shilling to their office in Hong Kong. Clowns.
When I published the shilling, their IP and the names of the people that shilled us (name and shame) and subsequently that publication of their shilling started showing up in Google for searches of their name, I even got a personal apology from a senior marketing manager that assured me their practices would change. I always name and shame shillers if it's a well known local company.