Quoted from YeOldPinPlayer:
Maybe you could publish some stats on how many fake accounts have been blocked or other problems that verification helps solve.
I don't have stats on blocked accounts, but Robin might be able to pull them. I will vouch we've spend considerable time trying to block spam, block obvious trolls, hunting down alternate accounts of someone that just got banned, hunting down "aged" accounts of trolls claiming they have created hundreds of accounts and/or had people do it for them then send them the info to get around bans (and then brag about it on podcasts and social media,) etc. I've ruined lunch breaks, bedtimes, and vacations working on Pinside issues, just for that big fat $0 paycheck with no benefits.
There's only 12 mods, all of us work full time, we're spread out across the globe/time zones, and we're not always available to quickly deal with something or answer a thread. With some personal things going on I know I haven't been around lately to help out, so it really is a bare bones operation. It's really not fun having to go in and verify accounts, but it's better than the alternative of constantly watching every new account created to wait and see if it is a valid new member or just another outlet for people wanting to spout hate, misinformation, or Chinese magic pills.
Right now I'm looking at over 350 moderator feedback threads in the last 2 months since verification started. The delay on most of those is that people just send a thread with only "verify me" (or better yet "WTF?!?!? Why am I being singled out?!?!? Why do I have to do this?") without giving us any information. We've literally been replying by copy/pasting the required info with a link to this thread on those, then waiting around to see if they respond. If you've been here for years, have an established history of posting, and look obviously legit, we'll verify you on the spot. Otherwise, we just can't do it. Also, we're not psychic to know who wants to be verified (or who wants to keep some non-verified badge of honor) so we've got to have a thread requesting it unless you fall into the pre-verified categories. So please help us help you, and if you do send in a verification request give us a little info from the start that will make the process so much quicker and painless. If you don't want to be verified, cool. That's your choice and we're certainly not going to force you to do so.
One other fun stat of the day... since we started doing the 'report' button, we've had 5865 posts reported for abuse. Researching and following up on those helps keep us busy between verifications.