Going into a section of the site and spamming a thread with a bunch of "nice" or "cool" or very sharp" comments just to up my post count is to me spamming.
As I said, I am not attacking the site, I am asking a question and I am happy for those of you who have never experienced this situation as I have.
If posting a link in the manor the site rules say a link can be posted causes the software to flag a post then to me that is counter intuitive. The site rules specifically say you can post links for purposes of sharing and such (as long as you are not trying to sell of which I am not).
As for putting myself in the shoes of the staff here, been there done that. Staffed several sites working my way from a mod all the way to admin and web master. I got away from it all because it is just too time consuming. So lets just say I understand the in's and out's of a site both infront of the screen and behind.
As for the 10 post thing, what has worked for me on different sites in the past is global moderation of all new members. not for sign up, but for posting. automatically the first 5-10 posts are moderated. It is a little more work for the staff but stops all spamming in its tracks. On the admin side, all members who are banned/deleted from the site due to spamming have their IP added to the ban list so they cannot sign back up with that IP. after about a 6 month period, the IP list is large and the amount of spammers signing up gets fewer and fewer every day. You still have them. As for the members signing up, they are moderated until they make 3-10 posts that are not spam, and then either the mods remove then from moderation or the site does it automatically.
I guess the choice of "user friendly" to describe this is not on par. It is not exactly friendly to be automatically modded when you sign up to a new site, but atleast you know every post will be modded, not a 50/50 crap shoot.
As for my profile being filled out, I did fill it out as much as I am comfortable filling it out for public viewing. My name is Serpentine for all intents and purposes, Serp for short.
Anyways.... after this post I only have three more to go to hit the 10 spot.... lets see if I can do it before the years up. Might post a few pix of my table or something.... if I am allowed.