[OSM-dev] Chinese spam diaries, an analysis

Serge Wroclawski emacsen at gmail.com
Wed Dec 3 16:33:03 UTC 2014

I think the solution to this is actually pretty simple and straightforward.

First, right now there's only a single person who can remove spam from
diary entries or profiles.

Allowing other people (such as existing site moderators) to address
this would go a long way.

Second of all, we need a flagging mechanism. I know that Tom wants a
complete solution that includes a work queue, etc. I think that's a
very laudable goal, but something that just sends an email would be
great for now.

Third, I think we can get our queue, etc. though either funding, or
else through a GSoC project next year, as we did with Changeset
Discussions. I volunteer to mentor for it.

- Serge

On Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 11:25 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer
<dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2014-12-03 17:14 GMT+01:00 Andy Allan <gravitystorm at gmail.com>:
>> Thanks for the analysis, I hope it provides developers with ideas for
>> combatting it via the automated spam filters that we already have[1].
>> However, spam is an arms race, and I think we might need a different
>> long-term approach. I know in the past using 3rd-party spam filtering
>> services was too expensive (and not really very OSM-ish either).
>> Perhaps we need a new set of human content moderators on the site, say
>> 40-80 people with a variety of languages between them. We can consider
>> grey-listing all accounts - i.e. the first few posts of every account
>> is held for review automatically by default, and enable direct posting
>> after we're more certain they aren't a spammer.
> maybe we could have a crowd-sourced approach and introduce a "spam"-flag
> that logged-in users could set, i.e. another button in the "comment",
> "reply" line which says something like "flag as spam", with a counter, and
> if more than x people have clicked on it we would automatically or manually
> hide/delete the post. This should work similar to our stackexchange-like
> helpsystem (you can flag or unflag with the same button).
> Cheers,
> Martin
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