Not sure if this has anything do with the up coming election season, but lately we have been getting hundreds of requests to join the forum from people in Russia. Typically we receive anywhere from 1 to 5 requests to join the forum every day from people around the world. Receiving massive numbers of requests all from one region of the world is very odd. It could be people trying to set up your garden variety commercial spamming operations or something else, but it is certainly very odd.