A few months ago, I had a huge influx of spam on my forum. I changed the permissions of a node so it required manual approval of topics. A couple of weeks later, I checked back and saw 1,000+ pages of unapproved spam topics.
I deleted the entire node from the admin cpanel (which also removed the topics), but it seems like they're all still in the database. The main reason I think this is that the database backup is still the same file size, even after deleting the node.
Can anyone confirm/deny if topics are deleted from the database after clicking the following button:
If they're not deleted, is there a way I can remove them from the database? There are roughly 25,000 spam threads which I'd rather not have, especially considering I only have 2,800 regular posts.