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Re: Limiting Spam posts, Trolls, Joe Jobs and other maleficence

by exussum0 (Vicar)
on Feb 19, 2007 at 21:13 UTC ( #600959=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Limiting Spam posts, Trolls, Joe Jobs and other maleficence

Anyone can twist statistics in their favour. I can post a regular question, get upvotes, and then post junk. Or create an XP team to vote me up constantly so that I can post.


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Re^2: Limiting Spam posts, Trolls, Joe Jobs and other maleficence
by Random_Walk (Parson) on Feb 20, 2007 at 00:14 UTC

    Anyone can but the bar would be raised for the casual troll. I am not so sure about the method of requiring pre-approval but once someone gets $n level of down votes we have a fair indication they are up to no good.

    Perhaps life can be made harder for trolls and spammers with little chance of hurting true seakers of knowledge. The community certainly seams to get their number pretty quickly and flag them with heavy downvoting. At least a goal worthy of discussion

    Cheers,
    R.

    Pereant, qui ante nos nostra dixerunt!
      Perhaps life can be made harder for trolls and spammers with little chance of hurting true seekers of knowledge.
      This place is more wiki style than slashdot style. Such is the culture and gosh darn it, I like it.

      As for $n level of down votes, some people, in earnest, don't get it from time to time or for a large spanning period. Good contributions are good contributions.

Re^2: Limiting Spam posts, Trolls, Joe Jobs and other maleficence
by blogical (Pilgrim) on Feb 20, 2007 at 04:53 UTC
    This is the basis of most "security" measures- not ensuring absolute security, but decreasing the likelihood of an undesirable event occuring by, as Random_Walk pointed out, "raising the bar" in such a manner as to create the least possible interference with the affairs of regular users.

    "One is enough. If you are acquainted with the principle, what do you care for the myriad instances and applications?"
    - Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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