[citation][nom]house70[/nom]Tom's looks more and more like a trading place for counterfeit goods.How difficult is it to implement a filter that eliminates multiple uses of the $ or a website?And also, automatically banning the OP so they can't go ahead and spam other sections of the website?They took a real "positive" approach by breaking the voting system, so not even the other commentators can "ban" the spammers with their negative votes. That was "smart" .....[/citation]
Spammers are not just those with multiple $, there have been a bunch of very elaborate spammers around, taking real comments from related topics on other threads, posting them here, with just one or 2 links, just as a real poster would do.
The thumbs up/down system can be easily manipulated by the multitude of bots that spam around. There needs to be a just "thumbs up" for the good comments that is up to the opinion of the voter, and a "report as spam" option for moderators to delete the comment later. With a reputation system, either hidden or shown, on the validity of spam reports, else the bots could mess up the "report as spam" also. So, with a reputation system for reporting true spam and no false positives, a user, or even a bot, would need to report Correctly for let's say 20 times before the vote starts to count. And a message gathering 10 votes for spam could be hidden automatically till the moderator comes to work and deletes it, or restores it back if a false positive (and lowers the reputation of the one reporting it, guessing it's probably a malevolent bot trying to disrupt the system).
If you like this idea, vote for it at the feedbacks session of tomshardware. Or click here and vote: http/feedbacks.tomshardware.com/forums/14581-site-forum-ideas/suggestions/1687631-readers-helping-fighting-spam
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