I posted on November 5th, and it was finally just approved on the 16th of December. I'm glad Jeff has someone to help him out now, thanks so much!
Now I just have to hope I get answers
I'm surprised that spam is such a problem. I run a forum and, while it's got less members than this, I really don't have much of a spam problem. I have it set to approve new members, rather than posts. Although, since you have the requirement of posting an introductory post, I'm not sure approving the first two to block spammers is necessary. Some spammers are pretty darn determined, but I'd be surprised if they'd take the time to make an intro post instead of just posting their spam. But, when I approve members I look for suspicious email addresses and run their IP address on another website. You can submit spammers IP addresses and then other people can search them. I've caught a lot of spammers before they even get to post by using it. It's also pretty satisfying to add IPs to it, knowing that I'd probably spared some forums from my trouble. But, I know firsthand how hard it can be to keep up with these things. Once you fall behind you just keep going! Good luck!