When new members join there are two possibilities:
- A human checks each membership application and deletes ones that look like BAD members and approves the rest. This can take up 24 hours (in the week) and 48 hours (at weekends)
- They join immediately, after answering some anti-spam questions and verifying their email address
If we use #1, there is some delay in joining and some new members may lose interest/get bored. But there is not much spam on the website (spam comments, etc).
If we use #2, new members can get in immediately and start making their page etc right away. BUT, there is inevitably some spam on the website and THEN we rely on members to report the spam and THEN admin goes and deletes the BAD members.
We don't want GOOD members to be irritated/bothered by spam.
So here is the question:
Do you think it's better to:
- check members when joining (24-hour delay) and have almost no spam
- let members join immediately and clean up the spam afterwards
Thank you for your comments.