Very sorry folks, but we've been having a spot of bother with a few new, pre-moderated accounts sending spam PMs to regular members of the forum,
I've tracked down a couple of rogue variables in the forum usergroup settings that were allowing pre-moderated members to send PMs and have switched those off. So from now on (Feb 9th 2010) no-one should be able to send a PM until they've been approved by the site admin. All new accounts are manually checked and their details run through a database of known forum spammer, and anything even vaguely suspicious-looking is deleted.
Inevitably though, some particularly devious and / or persistent spammers will get through, or you'll just get someone who thinks they've hit on a good opportunity to persuade you around to their worldview and won't take no for an answer...
So if you ever receive anything untoward or unwelcome from another forum member, you should always feel free to report the PM or post, or simply get in touch via forumadmin [at] iainbanksforum.net and let me know. I'll deal with it as soon as possibly can, UK office hours and an extremely full schedule allowing.
Little, Brown uK