micklearn - 5:45 am on Mar 29, 2010 (gmt 0)
In this day and age, if I owned a forum or any site where user generated content is involved: I would try to find a way that wouldn't allow anyone to post a URL, even if it isn't an active link, until the destination was reviewed and determined to be relevant/helpful -- through means of automation or human eyes ($$$)...and/or...
I recently read that over 90% of all emails are spam. Is it wrong to assume that, eventually, most of the links out there will be/are close to that percentage? Here's hoping that attempts to spam a site via forum signatures, forum profiles and comments have reached a peak.
The only solution that I can come up with right now, is to eliminate that very option: the ability to post/place a URL on a site that one doesn't own.
Why give a spammer the option/opportunity to drop a link? So that one can identify them, and let them know that you have done that to them? Essentially enabling them to go and find the next angle?
Eliminate the link-drop options, feels like the right approach in my opinion.