It looks like the standards are painfully low for Metromix account registration. For example, a comment spammer hitting this site is trying to drive traffic to a profile page on the Chicago Metromix site:
This Metromix user happens to go by the name, “The Lowest Prices on Viagra.”
This account was set up in February, so it’s been live for at least 4 days.
It’s just one example of a larger problem Metromix has with pharmaceutical spam:
Metromix describes itself as “a national network of local entertainment websites that target 21 to 34 year-olds and provides information on where to go and what to do.” That doesn’t sound like a Viagra crowd to me.
Perhaps Metromix should consider a few changes, such as:
1. Moderating accounts that use common spam terms for usernames.
2. nofollow outbound links.
3. Human-review new accounts. Take a quick peek to get a feel for how people are abusing your system.