Andem - 10:40 pm on Nov 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
I agree with both of your points, incrediBILL & AlexK; however this thread seems to somehow legitimize the use of certain programs as a method of advertising. Until now, I had never even heard of 'Xrumer' but some people might believe that because such a well-respected site like WebmasterWorld mentions it and some members say "xrumer is fine and can be very effective", its completely legit.
I just wanted to point out that before it was mentioned here on WebmasterWorld, I'd never see such a high amount of forum spam on our forums since we started them in 2002 like I'm seeing today.
After digging around for information on 'xrumer', I came to the conclusion that it's a very popular program among blackhats, mostly people who wish destroy the open and democratic nature of the web and social communities just to make a quick buck (usually) trying to scam people.
On actual forum spam posts, we've seen a pretty sizeable decline, mainly because its so difficult now to get past some filters I've created, along with some anti-spam services; posting is also banned from much of the third world now.