Thanks very much to both Gizmo and Ruben for responding.
...your statement "registration que is flooded" is another hint.
If you completely make the whole board private, That will cut down on the spambots visiting. But you may not wish that option.
Actually I don't wish that. And neither does the rest of the board.
All the same, i greatly appreciate you informing me of all possible remedies.
You will still have them [spambots] attempting to register. Another reason to upgrade to threads.
You're very correct to think that I'd want to manage these spambots.
I ran some searches of the Classic forums. And the old posts confirm the advice you're giving me now. Our open public forum can upgrade to threads (like most others did) or continue to get flooded with spambots.