@xite: I'm pretty sure the google/twitter/facebook sign up services have captcha systems, so this isn't really 'easier'.
@nightriff@mattyftm: The signup captcha actually is already really hard. They use a service called "Are you Human" which actually requires you to play a little mini flash game in order to prove your human. Much harder to cheat than those images with text on them.
The problem is, at least this was the problem when I left (could have changed since then, disclaimer), a lot of the spammers *are* humans. They are people who are payed to spam on forums, not robots. So Captcha's don't really work that well on those types of spammers.
The funny part is, they don't get anything from spamming on these forums. GB (and GS/CV/OG) all make it so any new posts by new accounts automatically get a bunch of anti-SEO stuff on their posts (thats the main goal of these spam bots, not to get you guys to click on them, to spread links around the web to increase a websites page ranks). So they do all this work and get basically nothing out of it.
Trying to stop spammers will always be a push and pull, but at a certain point if your making these barriers at the cost of legitimate users ability to participate its a bad deal. Spammers will continue to do whatever they need to do to spam, a captcha on topic creation (or a wait time) will stop a lot of legitimate users.
Nothing is a substitute for a good skilled moderation team (like the great one GB has).
@machofantastico: I'm sure hes a great driver. I'm just saying, as someone new to it, it's kind of boring when someone just has a car waaaay above everyone else. Like the same reason the Yankees are boring right?
Ok so as a new watcher, how often does it happen that theres just one car build that outclasses the others pretty handily? That's the part that makes the mercedes stuff really boring to me, is that everyone seems to attribute it to the cars more than the drivers.