Photography Bay Forum, Registration and Spam

Earlier in the year, Photography Bay launched a free forum for its readers.  Unfortunately, it has been a target for spammers who register fake profiles and try to trade off Photography Bay’s traffic in order to get links and traffic to their shady operations.

As a result, I decided to manually review and approve all registrations and have been backlogged with hundreds of spam profiles to review, in addition to the many legitimate registrations.

I have gotten emails from some of you asking what is taking so long for your profile to be approved.  The easiest way to get your registration approved is to send me an email at: and let me know you’re waiting.

I will respond to these registration emails immediately.

I have also included these notes on the forum in an easy-to-find location for future registrants.

Finally, if anyone has suggestions on better ways to cut down on forum spam, I’m all ears.  Feel free to email me at the above address or send a message via the contact form.


Announcing the Photography Bay Forum

Last week, Photography Bay saw a site redesign.  Along with that design, as some of you have noticed, Photography Bay also gained a dedicated forum for Photography Bay readers and anyone else wishing to participate.

The forums are located at

I’ve been testing it for about a week with a handful of Photography Bay readers (Thanks guys!) and I think/hope that it’s ready for prime time.

Read on for further details and find out how you can score some free swag. [Read more…]