This has been an issue that we have battled with for a long time. Rather than simply turn off the ability to post links, we decided to say no links to other porn sites.
We have been very fortunate to have a great group of moderators that are really good at spotting the links to spam and porn sites, thus kicking out offending users and adding them to our permanent ban list. I would like to keep the ability of users to post links on occasion, but I think we need to limit it down.
It’s easy to get comfortable in the chat room, especially when there are just a few people talking talking the lobby, and kind of forget that messages posted in the lobby are broadcast to everyone who is logged into that chat room. When a group of a few people, or even just one person starts posting links, that is taking up valuable screen space. Even when one group of people are engaging in and interested in a conversation about the latest you tube videos, it doesn’t mean that the entire group of people in the lobby should be forced to see a bunch of you tube links that they have no interest in. Now this can happen with any conversation, not just links. It’s one of the things that are covered under flooding.
Flooding the room is most obvious when someone posts the same line over and over again. Flooding could also be posted many lines of different things quickly, which greatly disturbed the people who are in the main room and trying to keep up with messages from other people that they are interested in.
So lets all agree to post less links, and kindly suggest to others that several links in the open room would probably be better received when sent in a PM or through whispers to those who are interested, as we all need as much of the screen space as we can get, and so does everyone else.