After the last (not so big thanks to Shog(\o/)) blast of spam a couple users and I (with a mod) decided to run some tests. We found that it's extremely easy to post a spam question. Ridiculously easy.
One thing we noticed about these spam users is that most of them are unregistered.
This got us thinking, and I tried to post a test question on the site:
At first that didn't work. I got two messages, one saying "This does not meet our quality standards" and the other saying I needed to add an email.
So far so good.
I added some code, a quote and a link and put
email@example.com in as my email.
This time the system let it right through, posting my "question" and asking me to add a password.
So my question is:
How can we make it harder to spam the site without making it too much harder for new users to ask questions?