I still feel it'll lead to unjustified abuse, atleast just on the simple "one spam report, direct deactivation". It does not take a lot for members to figure that out even if we'd keep it silenced.Tim.Wright wrote:The abuse problem is easy to fix. Just implement it without telling anyone so no-one will know its operating
How often do you see abuse of the spam report function now??
Anything that gets reported wrongly (i.e. by accident) would be picked up by the mods when you scan through the reports.
We often have posts running a report against them even though said post did nothing wrong. The difference why we allow this, is because there is no reporcursion towards the person who made the post. If we'd change that, and a post gets wrongly tagged for spam, then that person is done wrong.
The idea is quite good though. Again if we can manage that a user needs to have 2 or 3 posts reported as spam by as many different members, then I think it's a valid idea.
However again, it does not fix the issue on its own, but will simply limit it.
Personally, I'd target the registration criteria. We already are discussing this in the background. We can easily block OCR technology by for instance showing an image instead of a caption or written question; for manual registration of the spambots we'll need a different answer. I suspect most people behind the spambots will refrain from registration if the question is made difficult enough.