The spam is going up for two reasons. There is more traffic in this forum than there was a year ago, and there are more people that just can't resist clicking on the links. As long as people insist on clicking on the links the spam will continue to increase. More clicks, more spam. It is very simple.
Spam targets are dropped if they don't return clicks. Remember that when you are tempted to click on one of the links. I know, nobody wants to admit they click on spam, but if it wasn't happening, the spam wouldn't be increasing.
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and each time expecting a different result.
Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on the menu. Liberty is an armed lamb protesting the electoral outcome. A Republic negates the need for an armed protest.