What can we do to prevent posting of spam links? Have a reputation limit, minimum number of posts? Anything else?
Links show in posts, user profile "about" and the "website" sections.
answered 2012-09-01 02:09:25 -0500
This post is a wiki. Anyone with karma >100 is welcome to improve it.
A compilation of ideas:
answered 2012-06-25 12:21:49 -0500paulus_almighty
Is the problem spambots or human spammers? Doesn't Askbot have a Captcha for certain reputation levels?
Also, perhaps you could disable url conversion for a certain reputation level.
This could be applied to both posts and profiles.
A more complex solution might be to have urls hidden in low rep posts (and profiles) pending approval from a moderator.
answered 2012-06-27 10:30:06 -0500Jtrain
I just went through an exercise of removing the spam from the profile sections. Sneaky spammers putting links to really unrelated websites. Here is the query that i used
update auth_user set about = '' where reputation = 1 and about != '';
idea What if we disallow users to edit the "about" and "website" sections of their profile unless they have greater than 1 (or configurable) reputation.
Some alternative/supplementary ideas:
Things that can have links like the personal website or profile description when edited could come to the attention of the admin.
At the moment, I do a regular manual check myself of the profile descriptions to see and ban people posting spam in there.
Banning a user could also delete all of their posts. But that is less of an issue right now.
answered 2012-06-23 13:59:56 -0500zaf
One suggestion would be to allow only openID services for login and not local ones, as discussed here. This way you can eliminate spammers, because users will have to give a valid account.
Now, for those who do give valid accounts but are still spammers and post questions with offensive content, there is always the community to flag and vote them down (I think afrer few flags, post is automatically removed from homepage, right?).
Last, for those who add a spam URL in their profile, I think you should just require some 50 points of karma to allow adding personal website or profile description.
answered 2012-08-31 13:10:28 -0500I Like AskBot
I'd like that every link has changed in a default text ( for example LINK SUGGESTED ) with mouseover event that show the link inside.
In this way i prevent the reading of classic spam url and the automatic click that some users do without thinking ( especially to shorted url ).
The best solution would be that this link excpet to be changed in the way that i suggest is that an internal antispam system and analyzer of dangerous url identify the url suggested showing it in :
red color if dangeorous
yellow if not sure but ..
green if ok
I know that is a big work but when we suggest a solution why not to suggest the best way?
Obviously if in the comment or answer or question will be also other kind of flag and not only OFFENSIVE but also SPAM could be useful to categorize it with other type of informations.
Please also log the IP address used to create the account so that an admin can review for clues to see if the user is posting where they say they're posting from.
For example, I got a one-line question on my hosted site asking about health insurance in NJ. This is borderline but probably off-topic for an expat forum. I posted a comment asking him to clarify, but I never got a response, so I closed and eventually deleted the question.
His account fits one pattern that makes me suspect it was a spam bot:
However, I can't be sure.
If I knew the IP address that created the account, I could be more confident in deciding whether this is a legit account.
This would also be useful for detecting sockpuppet behaviors.
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