Since Sothink's Administrator's refuse to address simple matters --- such as keeping out the bots who have been spamming the forum --- which would once again make this a forum fitting for users of their software, I guess I will once again address the problem.
However, this time I will address is to that whatever users are still present can see that spammers are the symptom only. The IT staff's refusal to properly address the problem IS THE PROBLEM.
MAKE REGISTRATION BY BOTS DIFFICULT:
A new "captcha" which is easily installed and has COMPLETELY stopped bots from signing up on ANY AND ALL of my forums is Nucaptcha. You can even get a free version that works 100% of the time. You can see it here: http://www.nucaptcha.com/
I volunteer my time to help you to install and configure the software (it took me all of 30 minutes to download, install, and test). I will be happy to set up a chat client so that you may ask questions, and I will answer them for you.
RESTORE THE FORUM PERMISSIONS TO NORMAL:
The forum will definitely work more smoothly if normal permissions are restored to all users. For instance, a bot does NOT lose its ability to post because it is unable to quote a previous post, use italics or use bold letters. Those who are carrying on a thread seeking help or offering help do somewhat lose our ability to communicate by being hamstrung in this manner. The normal options should be available to everyone in every forum on this board. Not just moderators and administrators.
The "Report Post" option is another problem. I am a mod. I see a post that is offensive . . . why do I need to report it to myself???? What you need to do is make the "Report Post" button available to EVERYONE who visits this forum. You have had spammers here that posted porn and no one could report because the button has been removed by the amateurs running this board.
The fact that one spammer last weekend posted about 5,000 spam messages (I personally removed about 500 posts) shows that the Forum Administration does not want to be bothered about such things. For that reason, a GLOBAL MODERATOR (or two) needs to be assigned so they can clean up all of these posts while you folks do whatever you do when you aren't working.
UPGRADE THE SOFTWARE:
Update to the latest version of PHPBB so that you can take advantage of the latest in antispam technology . . . such as nucaptcha. The latest version is 3.0.9 . . . and is much better at handling spam. I costs you nothing to update, takes very little time, and is so very advantageous.
If you folks care at all about this forum and your customers, please take the time to address these concerns. There are others, but these are the most problematic.