OK; like many people on these forums, I am finding it increasingly problematic when I read a > 10-post thread (for example), in a genuine effort to provide help, only to find the last post to be spam. OK, so I could read the last post first but of course, spam costs in and of itself.
So how do we cut down on these costs ( time costs/ spam removal costs/ ongoign costs through dirty posts? well....how many new members sign up each day?
Can we not adjust the software such that unless you have posted x number of times, you cannot include any links? Instead, new people could only post a good search term? for example, if the question related to perl and to a specific issue, the new people could only post a search term like 'perl cpan name_of_module'.
Until you have reached say 200 posts in 200 threads, you could not include a link in your post. so if someone posted five links to a thread, it would still count as one, for the purposes of this evaluation.
The aim with that scenario is to ensure that they must make many more clicks in order to make one spammy post so it'll be much easier to post spam elsewhere.
here are my thoughts on 'cost' / 'benefit'
1. less time required of mods to remove spam.
2. less time wasted by readers/learners to finding answers
3. less time wasted by contributors
4. better quality content to draw more of an audience
5. more effective help through better utilisation of our time - again, improving the content value of CF
4. better content = higher quality / improved stand-out, so WA can draw more uniques and increase ad-revenues
1. one-off code amendment cost
2. possible temporary increase in admin time to monitor level of success
costs would surely be offset by the benefits in a short space of time?
what do the rest of you think?