An easy way to solve the spam problem

Discussion in 'NoFap Technical Support' started by ultrafabber, Apr 4, 2019.

  1. ultrafabber

    ultrafabber Fapstronaut

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    So this forum has a spam problem. Obviously it's impossible for mods to be on 24/7 BUT there are always actual users here all the time.

    The spammers will almost always have [1] a brand new account with [2] 0 posts or less than 10 posts (if they spam multiple topics) and 0 comments (not sure if the forum structure can differentiate between a topic post and a comment within a topic) and 0 likes.

    There are also multiple REGISTERED users all the time on the forum, users with a respectable account age (3+ months or something) and lots of comments and likes.

    There's already a "report spam" function that does nothing because it still necessary for mod to manually review it, which makes it useless.

    The report button will be split into two tick options [1] spam or [2] other.

    Now what you should do is allow for automatic removal of posts IF

    1. two or more "trusted" users report the same topic for SPAM (make it a tick box). "Trusted" user means anyone that is over 3 months or 6 months in account age and has X amount of comments/likes (let's say 50 comments and 50 likes but this can be tweaked as necessary). All users that qualify for "trusted" automatically get it, it won't be a manual and/or opt-in process.

    2. the topic reported is created by a new user or a user with less than 10 comments AND 10 likes or something like that.

    3. the function will not work for topics older than 1 day (to limit abusive reports). And in 1 day there will always be enough time for mods to remove spam.

    Now all you need to do is encourage the users to report spam (send a bulk message for everyone) and maybe set up a reward and badges (spam defender) or something (for x, y, z successful reports). And set up a warning that abusive reports will get you temporarily (3 days or something) muted. 3 abusive reports or something will permanently disable the report spam function for that account (remove "trusted").
     
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  2. Gaius Julius Caesar

    Gaius Julius Caesar Fapstronaut

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    So you won't have to just monitor the forums but also the report stats? Not great.

    Add a CAPTCHA to the registration form, boys. That should keep our non-human friends at bay.
     
  3. ultrafabber

    ultrafabber Fapstronaut

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    They have to monitor the forum anyway. This way they'll get all the reports/removals in one folder and it will be obvious by looking at the title which one is spam. The rules i proposed ensure that there will be little to no false positives or malicious reporting.

    The main benefit is that those topics get removed much faster through community support.
     
  4. IGY

    IGY Fapstronaut

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    I think that is already in place. So, it must be possible to circumvent it.

    Much of the spam has the title of a website advertising products.

    Could any thread with a web site address be auto blocked?
     

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