A big chunk are probably illiterate (bots).
We're at ~200,000 users, divided by ~12 years = almost 50 new users a day.
This assuming a never-changing rate of growth. I don’t think that’s the case. The peak was probably years ago. But surely spammers account for a fair number of new users.
Between 180000 and 19000 there's 26 weeks = ~60 a day.
Between 17000 and 18000 there's 19 weeks = ~75 a day.
Between 16000 and 17000 there's 2 weeks = ~700 a day...
My hunch is it's been a roughly linear growth for a while now, with some massive bot spikes along the way.
Could a user based spam report system work? Something along the lines of a "mark as spam" button on a users' first 10 posts? Only place I've seen something like that is youtube, but it seems to work.
Just another wave of spams occurred, and I think that vilbel's idea would be valuable if implemented.
I'll bet a majority of the new users are of the "what typeface is this?!?" variety, and rarely return after their typeface is identified.
I wonder if a separate resource for that could be set up. Would that be desirable?
A separate kind of account — really, not a permanent account at all, but just permission to post — for the Type ID forum specifically.
Not having to even set up an account to post an ID request is going to reduce the problem?!
> Could a user based spam report system work?
This, damn it. Exactly this.
1. Add a "spam" flag to every post/comment, and let anyone with a post count over 100 use it.
2. Add an option to user's preferences to hide comments that are flagged as "spam" more than, say, 5 times. Turn this option on by default.
--- bonus ---
3. Instead of flagged/clean, let a post/comment to have 3 states - clean, possible spam, spam - with 0, 1-4 and 5+ flags respectively. When a comment is in a "possible spam" range, show it, but gray out. Also, show a "not spam" flag, so to allow undoing accidental or mischievous flagging.
4. Revoke flagging rights for those whose flagging collects too many "not spam" reversals.
1 and 2 are trivial to do, perhaps 2 hours of works if that much.
3 and 4 are more work, but that's why they are bonus.
Alex — Are you versed in Drupal? You should definitely e-mail Jared (http://typophile.com/user/3/contact) and offer those two hours.
Kent, I am not versed in Drupal, but they are all the same. It's still be a matter of hours. I did in fact email Jared in past offering help and got no reply.
I do hope they take you up on your kind offer.
Hrant, I haven't offered anything. Seeing how very little gets done and what degree of communal begging it requires, I somehow doubt that me offering help would lead to anything. I don't mind helping, but I don't want to be the one driving the process.