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User Diary Spam #5173

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openstreetmap-trac opened this issue Jul 23, 2021 · 3 comments
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User Diary Spam #5173

openstreetmap-trac opened this issue Jul 23, 2021 · 3 comments

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@openstreetmap-trac openstreetmap-trac commented Jul 23, 2021

Reporter: AndiG88
[Submitted to the original trac issue database at 12.23am, Tuesday, 13th May 2014]

Would it be possible to implement a restriction that requires user accounts to fulfill one of these in order to make a diary post or for it to be published:

  • Have a certain amount of edits
  • Have a certain age (maybe a week)
  • First post requires moderator approval (basically unlocking the diary)

I think the blog is a great marketing tool to expand the community, but this spam which also ends up in the feeds (which I think are important) and then for example on Twitter really hurts those efforts.

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@openstreetmap-trac openstreetmap-trac commented Jul 23, 2021

Author: TomH
[Added to the original trac issue at 11.37pm, Wednesday, 14th May 2014]

Lots of things are possible - are you volunteering to write the code?

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@openstreetmap-trac openstreetmap-trac commented Jul 23, 2021

Author: TomH
[Added to the original trac issue at 11.41pm, Wednesday, 14th May 2014]

By the way we sort of already do the first (in that having edits is a plus point in the spam scoring algorithm) and the other two are probably not where I would start in adding extra anti-spam features.

My first steps would be add a moderation infrastructure, with a queue of things needing to be looked at and a set of people authorised to do the moderation; and then to add a "report" button which would send something to the moderation queue.

After that I would add code to track who had reported each item, and to automatically hide things until the moderator had reviewed them if enough independent reports were received for it.

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@openstreetmap-trac openstreetmap-trac commented Jul 23, 2021

Author: osm[at]gravitystorm.co.uk
[Added to the original trac issue at 12.51pm, Wednesday, 28th August 2019]

We've been doing a lot of work on fighting diary spam, and there's a wide range of actions already completed and even more still to do.

I don't think this particular ticket needs to stay open, but more specific requests can be made over at https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website

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