More than 10 pages of this crap. Spent 15 minutes removing it. Thanks to those who reported it too, I am sorry for one unlucky guy who decided to post in the middle of spam storm, I did not meant to repors your post too, but I could not stop in time.
And I feel sorry for Twicker: he need to deal with all those reports.
I doubt that even the most inquisitive member would not need to start more than a handful of new threads.
I have to agree with that. Usually a new member, if you look at the structure of most threads for beginners it is normally question and answer or question answer that brings up another question in the same thread.
Though, I don't know if twicker would want to put such restrictions in place and it wouldn't remove the problem. It would just go from a single user spamming the forums to multiple users spamming the site because those who are determined to do it will just make multiple accounts and then spam the max of each account before making a new one.
I know one forum where a new user post containing links (typical spam post profile) is not actually posted until a moderator reviews it. I don't know if this forum software has that functionality - I think the other forum uses vbulletin. Occasionally it'll catch a legitimate post so the person has to wait to see their post, but it does seem to filter out most of the spam.
Just because it happened once doesn't mean it will happen again
It would be better if we make sure it couldn't happen again.
I don't think that new users need to be limited.
This is not really limitting real users. I doubt that anyone will need to create more than one thread in 10 minutes (or say 5 threads per day) and I doubt that repeated tries to create new account from the same IP just after banning fresh one are sign of good will.