On comment spam
Posted Jul 29, 2010 2:40 UTC (Thu) by rgmoore
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You might want to be careful about both of those suggestions, since they're potentially open to abuse. A spammer could set up an apparently legitimate account, post valid comments with it for long enough to get moderation privileges, and then use it to approve spamming sockpuppets. You could probably come up with some way of removing the spamming accounts in bulk, but a dedicated spammer could make it hard. And making any reply to a message in moderation count as a positive review would be problematic because there are some people who will reflexively respond negatively to spam/troll messages, which would have a perverse effect in this case.
If you want to take advantage of the existing users to find spam, it would probably be better to give paid subscribers a "report as spam" button by each message. The site software could filter the reports so operators wouldn't get multiple reports for a single message. You could even add a layer of sophistication so that messages that got multiple spam reports- or reports from known reliable reporters- would generate a higher priority message.
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