Yes, there has been a serious uptick in spam recently. We are looking at ways to get down on this bot traffic and we will remove it as fast we can.
Please understand that we are an all-volunteer non-profit organization and there isn't really a team of moderators, but a few people who also have full-time jobs. We are going to look at getting more volunteers to moderate the forums. The good news is that there is more activity on the forum which is unfortunately also what attracts spam traffic.
THE MIDI ASSOCIATION (TMA)
The community of people who work, play and create with MIDI
I would say that the original posting is NOT spam as such, and is a reasonable posting to the forum.
However, I suspect that a totally spam item was subsequently posted, and 'sema' posted a message in response to THAT item. The TMA message was a response to these postings, and I think NOT the original message.
The spam item has then been deleted.
Not quite sure how this has got back to the top, maybe another spam item (now deleted again), or is it the marking of the thread as 'Resolved'?