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March 18, 2014, 10:57:27 AM
Last edit: March 18, 2014, 07:39:48 PM by btcton
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I was roaming around the forums and when I got to the meta section, I read this thread on reporting spammers. That brought me to think about a solution to the entire spam issue. Unfortunately, I am not sure the solution that I am thinking of can actually be implemented in the forum with ease, but I will post it here anyway and maybe you, people, can come up with alternatives.

I was thinking of having a separate "Report to a mod" button for spam. If a report is valid, the post is deleted and a counter of "spam posts" is increased either in their profile or under their name. As we all know, most of these spammers post senseless posts that do not contribute at all to the overall thread. By using this counter, the signature campaign owners can post rules or penalties for having spam posts removed, and it would also encourage the reporting of such. One alternative would be to just limit the signature's formatting capabilities either by both the current activity system and the spam post count or just the spam count by itself.

What do you guys think? Is it beneficial to do such a thing? Can you come up with any better alternatives? In my opinion, this would help get rid of campaign spammers very effectively without really affecting those campaigners who don't spam.

EDIT: Proofread; I had horrible typos.

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March 18, 2014, 04:40:20 PM
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I was thinking of either having a separate "Report to a mod" button for spam. If the report is valid, the post is deleted and a counter of "spam posts" is increased either in their profile or under their name.

I suggested something like this before, but if the post is off topic or blatant spam then you can just use the report to moderator function anyway.

One alternative would be to just liit the signature's formatting capabilities either by both the current activity system and the spam post count or just the spam count by itself.

The signature's formatting are now limited by activity.



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March 18, 2014, 07:34:49 PM
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I was thinking of either having a separate "Report to a mod" button for spam. If the report is valid, the post is deleted and a counter of "spam posts" is increased either in their profile or under their name.

I suggested something like this before, but if the post is off topic or blatant spam then you can just use the report to moderator function anyway.
With the current system, users would only get their posts removed, which in my opinion, is not enough of a penalty. If you look at the posts of some of the spammers, many of those are not completely removed. By penalizing in a more serious way, spamming can be discouraged even more strongly, and by making a counter for the number of spam posts that have been deleted by each user, owners of campaign can penalize users themselves (perhaps each deleted post = -10 normal posts) and limit signature abilities.

EDIT: Oh, I see what you are saying. You are actually right. In fact, the spam / deleted posts counter could increase with any deletion of a post, since I don't see why mods would delete a post otherwise.

One alternative would be to just liit the signature's formatting capabilities either by both the current activity system and the spam post count or just the spam count by itself.

The signature's formatting are now limited by activity.



I know that, but I feel like this system is could be complemented with the one I am suggesting. I don't feel like the current one protects too well against people with both a high activity level and with many spam posts.

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March 21, 2014, 08:25:38 AM
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I like the idea of certain elements that you suggested.  The part where a spammer tag is built up and can effect the payout from the sig program caught my attention.  Atleast that is how I understood it.  Seems mods have got there hands full around here so implementation would be an issue for sure for something like this I'd imagine.
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