In light of the recent spam and hack attempts on FreewareBB, we are now changing the way membership works on FreewareBB. Anyone in the members group will now be moderated and will also have restrictions placed on their account in relation to not being able to edit their profiles or add a signature to their account. Firstly, by moderating everyone in this way, it means no spam will get on the site and anyone who attempts to spam us will face an instant ban before anyone even get's to see their post!. Secondly, by disallowing members edit access to their profiles, this means they cannot place spam links in there and the same applies to their signatures throughout the board!.
We now have a "verified member" group with unmoderated access, which is allowed to add signatures and edit their profiles. Additionally, all advertisements are removed from the view of those in the "verified member" group.
What about existing members?
Well, this is the unfortunate situation. We have over 4,000 members on the site, all of who previously had the ability to post spam links in their profiles and cost us even more rep on the search engines, so essentially, we've moved everyone back into the "members" group and those who wish to continue participating and posting on the site unmoderated, will have to go through the verification process by subscribing to become a Verified Member.
We hope the many genuine and trustworthy members will join us once again after verification.
Marko & The FreewareBB Team