I agree as well. It tends to be a pointless forum as well.
I agree with deanhills. When I first joined Frihost, the system introduced me with that forum and there is my first post.
At least we have somewhere that we can send the newcomer.
I can't say I really agree with removing the Introduction forum altogether.
I do agree that it is an absolute spam magnet. It's fairly difficult to moderate, as it can be hard to tell which threads you have already visited and which you haven't. Plus, if I went through the Introduction forum right now and removed all of the junk Introductions, I would be there for a very, very long time. As each time I remove one, another will appear at the bottom of the list.
So while we are working to clean up the forums, I think it would be silly to say that we will get every last bit of it. There is simply too many posts. We have to keep up with the new spam, if we can do that, then new spam getting in will be dealt with quick making the forums cleaner.
I could suggest some good ideas on how to make the Introduction forum a better place and more for official introductions which would be better for new members... but there are larger priorities at the moment.
The problem is that people need a place to get started - although the fact that people may be scared of saying something like "Hi, and welcome to the Frihost forums! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask us." because it could be seen as a low quality post and also (apart from being nice) there are no points to be gained as an incentive (although that would make the spam magnet that it already is hell of a lot stronger). I'm not saying that I specifically am like that, simply that this could be something we need to look at to improve it slightly.
The Introductions Forum is a good way to introduce yourself to the Frihost community. Removing it isn't a good idea.
Another Sub-Forum that seems to be receiving a lot of spam seems to be the Health and Beauty Sub-Forum. Badly in need of some pruning as there are PLENTY of duplicated, maybe even triplicated threads.
I was going to start a thread for this but I will ask here as we are on the subject and it is related,why is there a reluctance to add new moderators?
When I first joined the forums there were loads of mods,and they were all regularly active,I don't think there are any regularly active mods now,Bikerman isn't around anymore,well hasn't been for a few months,ocalhoun is kept busy running his own forums,Ghost Rider when he is on is very active,but he can go for long periods when he is not around,which is fine if there are enough moderators in numbers to fill the gaps of absence of each other,but there aren't and with so many spam posts every day,I am surprised new moderatorrs aren't beimg appointed.