Re: Spam/bogus join requests
Perhaps it would help if the Pending Approval list could be sorted or filtered by NC status. Of course, that still doesn't help find the "legit" applicants who happen to still be NC.
Ideally I'd like groups.io to somehow filter the baddies ... but IRight. I don't know if there's any systematic way Mark can weed these out based on information he has that we don't.
... (this never used to happen, but I do have a join option on myI would guess these are caused by messages sent to the group's +subscribe address, not by access to the "Apply For Membership" (or Join) button on the group's home page. Can you confirm or falsify that based on Activity Log entries?
For email subscription I'm assuming Mark already has some filtering on this based on source authentication (SPF & DKIM) - elsewise I think we'd all have long since been buried by the spambots. So these requests are likely coming from compromised email accounts; or like the airbnb example "backscatter" from attempted use of the group's +subscribe address to access another service.