This ended up getting moved out but I'm now upgrading the message board. My hope was that I could eliminate some of the spammers that have been trying to join the board but I don't see any extra features on the upgrade to prevent that. :/ Currently I set the board to only allow me to approve new members. This however, has turned out to not be a good solution, as I'm getting hundreds of requests a day and I can't tell who are legit users and who are spammers so I am not accepting new members right now.
Please bare with me while I change the logo/styles of the board back to the way it was before.
Please note that I am anxious to make the board as active and fun as it used to be, it appears that this might mean changing the board software to something else that has more spam protection. I'm hoping I won't have to do that and lose all our posts, but will keep you posted. Thanks to all you loyal visitors!