citricsquid already mentioned that they are working on upgrading the forums to a better system. Said system should be better at eliminating spammers. Your blacklist has a problem, though: What about legitimate users from Russia or the Ukraine? I would be pretty pissed off if I couldn't post links or images because of the country I lived in. Plus it doesn't solve the problem, since it is not difficult to get around (proxy server in a different country). Whitelisting is the ONLY good temporary solution.
The blacklist won't prevent images and links from being posted by legitimate users in Russia or the Ukraine. They will just have to use image hosting sites outside of Russia/the Ukraine. I don't think I've ever seen a russian or ukrainian user who wasn't a spambot in any case.
I did mention something about blocking all proxy servers as well. I think it was in a different thread though. That restriction is fine - what legitimate user hosts images through a proxy server? why would anyone do that, apart from to bypass something? block them all, I say.
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There are issues to your solution -- far more issues than people having to switch image hosts -- and it doesn't even sufficiently address the core part of this issue, which are exploiters (hackers). For example, someone could create an account, let it sit for a week, then spam 50 topics with posts, and suddenly they have access to links and images. Sure, this would eliminate most spammers, as they wouldn't be willing to put that much effort into it, but it does not eliminate hackers targeting this site. Not to mention it would be pretty damn annoying not being able to post images and links considering that not even I have made 50 posts yet, and I have been very active on this forum for over a month. I understand why some people would be frustrated with this decision to whitelist, but in the end is it really that hard to find a whitelisted image host and switch?
It would be pretty obvious if someone was posting stuff just so they could post spam later, their posts would all be spam. Also, unless I can get my domain whitelisted, I face the prospect of uploading dozens of images to tinypic or some other horrible hosting site and then editing dozens of posts to reflect the new urls. And I'm on vacation, and my desktop is 300 miles away. I have a bunch of tutorial threads and such, most of which still get traffic. I really don't want to have to do that.