Mojo: captjack here. I am the webmaster and designer of 13 (unlucky number) web sites of which four have active forums in this format. The only way you can keep spammers and retards off the forum is to have an administrator on the line most of the time. We have 7 moderators at one of my sites and, according to the posted rules, we will boot or kick and boot or kline (block ip) for any comments that will read as hurtful to other forum members. Profanity and raking someone over the coals is instant boot. I have tried (as you are) to run one of the barrel racing forums by myself. It just does not work. You wind up tired and frustrated. I might suggest that you get some of the other guitar players or anyone you trust and make them global administrators so that you can get some down time. Forums (and live chat rooms) will kill you if they can (Paul Simon). If you have some ppl in Oz or NZ get them to take the night watch as it will be day for them. Lotta UK ppl make good administrators and they have 5 hours on you and 6 on me. If, at any time I can help you...please never hesitate to call or email me....you are counted as a friend not a potential customers...tit for tat. Anyway...don't let them grind you down. Have a super night and keep playing.
Thanks, I appreciate the kind message and advice. I have run several fora before, some quite successfully. The problem with the previous software was bad code which allowed for ridiculous behavior to take place. here's to hoping that this platform will palliate a lot of that!
Thanks for the reply. This program, I have found, to be very stable and the ability to advance members per posts. And, with the addition of allowing topic only, general, global and administrator, gives you the ability to designate your helpers or staff. My very best to you and thanks for the lessons.