Chris Aguilar wrote:Look at how annoying the spam is when it hits these forums. Having a sensible e-mail policy like that here might cut down on some of the crap.
Yeah, I'd say about 99% of the spam we get here comes from people with addresses from a free provider. Considering the Cafe gets a far greater number of users than we do, I can certainly understand (though don't necessarily agree) with the policy.
That said, I don't think it's necessary here. While we do get some spammers who work around the CAPTCHA, we generally boot them pretty quickly and clean up the few posts that they made in a reasonable time frame. And, as Matt points out, there's a lot of people who use free e-mail addresses regularly. No sense throwing out the baby with the bathwater.