Recently we've come under heavy attack by spammers. Even though I've made signing up a multi-step process, some of them take the time to answer the questions, pick a profile photo, type the captcha and confirm their email address. They then utilize a bot, a computer program that rapidly goes through the member list sending their spam to everyone - or until I notice and ban them from the network.
I've been lucky the past few days to catch them within minutes, but by then dozens of members have been spammed. I have an option that I usually enable overnight that requires my approval of new members, but I've been disabling that during the day because I feel honest members should not have to wait until I check my messages to approve them to sign in.
Minutes ago another spammer got through. I banned them within 5 minutes but sadly some of you were spammed. I've decided to enable the member approval process full time as I don't think any of you should be subject to this. Sadly they start at page 1 on the members page so it is the newest members who get spammed first.
I apologize that some of you have been spammed multiple times in the past few days. Please don't discourage you from being a member here, this is a friendly helpful community and we value your input and enthusiasm.
Again, I'm sorry for the spam you've gotten the past few days
The focus here is on all types of handmade instruments and music. There are lots of helpful builders and players here and lots of Groups to teach and learn. We welcome participation so don't be shy.
Have a look around, introduce yourself in My Name Is... and add yourself to the Member Map. There's an active Chat Room where you can ask questions, offer help or just talk about anything with some great folks.