Why are users who joined "today" according to profile, able to post spam links? Why are people able to post links at all for that matter, if they have not completed say 5-10 comments/posts? It just seems like a really low bar to set, and so no wonder so many bots are jumping over it. I would like to point out again that the links posted, which users especially younger or less internet savvy users, may click, often lead to places that are either harmful (viruses, adware etc) or illegal. There is no good reason to let a new user post links without having to first pass a small limit to verify they are real. Many, many forums do this - what is the reasoning behind us not?