Hello, Citizens of the D! Everyone having a good New Year? Not drinking too much? Drinking just enough? Care to share this bottle of wine? There's still plenty left! On behalf of the RPG-Directory staff, I'd like to talk to you all for a minute about Spam Bots and Unwanted Private Messages. As many of you have noticed, we recently had a spam bot here on the 'D that disguised itself as an actual member and sent private messages to many members. Some of you recognized that it was spam right away, others didn't, and a lot of you brought this to our attention. This particular issue - User "Tina123" - has been taken care of. There is no need to further report this one (though, again, we do appreciate it!) because we have deleted the account and remedied the situation. If you received a PM from this user do not open it, just delete it! If you did delete it, nothing bad will happen, except you may have wasted a minute or two of your life, which we wouldn't wish on anyone. If you ever receive an unwanted private message from a member OR a bot, report it immediately. This includes anything from unsolicited advertising and poorly worded spam messages to someone harassing you or asking for personal information that you don't want to give out. You can report any private message just like it was a post on the forums and the staff will take care of it as soon as possible. Be wary of "smart" spam bots! While the RPG-Directory staff is doing absolutely anything and everything in our power to keep you spam free, sometimes spam bots slip through our grasp. Please report any as soon as you see them, but be aware that since we are now in THE FUTURE Spam Bots can be kind of tricky. Be wary of posts that are worded strangely and have a link to an external site or ask you to send an email to someone or ask for personal information. If you think it's spam, go ahead and report it. We won't get mad if you report someone who isn't a bot, and we'll be looking into it heavily before taking action. Thank you all for your diligence in reporting things that shouldn't be where they are - we appreciate it greatly and it really helps us keep the 'D a happier, safer place! May you all have an absolutely fantastic, spam-free New Year!