Interesting times. I'm starting to see bits and pieces of Twitter-style spam on here.

Advocates for the federated model believe the improved moderator/user ratio will keep things from getting out of hand. I'm on the fence.

Until now, the lack of spam has been mostly a result of this being a niche, obscure, tiny part of the Internet. Spamming it wasn't worth the effort.

As the Fediverse grows, theories will be tested! Fingers crossed.

@HerraBRE I mean, do you report the spam, and federate the report to the other servers? :P

If not, I dunno why you're saying this, are you expecting the rest of us to do the work? :)

Moderators do need help with these kind of things, they need your help :)

@maloki @HerraBRE spammers are clever. It's easy to create an account on any server, and before a moderator have the time to react, the spammer have sent messages to most of the fediverse. What can the moderator do? Block the account of course, but by then it'll be too late.

They could block the instance as well, but such heavy handed measures will impact all other users of the instance.

I can think of solutions but they would require protocol changes.

@loke not entirely true as the messages shouldn't display other than to the local timeline etc. @HerraBRE

@maloki @HerraBRE true, if it's posts that are not referencing any other users. A spammer would obviously include names of users on major servers, which will guarantee some reach outside the server where the message was sent.

@maloki I will absolutely report things when I see them. Admit I am unsure about how much to report if I just stumble upon things on others' timelines.

I'm talking about this because I find it interesting. I've worked with spam in one form or another much of my career. No slights intended.

Instances can deploy bayesian filters that the admins train. Will require some hooks in the server software, and some admin setup work.

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