Thanks to everyone here for their comments on the proposal. It has given me lots of food for thought and I am thinking about what to do next with this idea. I see three options:
- Pursue this proposal in its current form.
- Drop it in favour of better solutions to the problem.
- Work to adapt the proposal, incorporating new ideas or rebuttals to challenges.
I have not seen a broad acceptance of this kind of intervention to reduce spam, so I do not think 1. is an option. If the forum discussion is any measure, I would anticipate low engagement and general rejection of the idea.
That said, I think this type of spam identification is a better solution that reviewing everything, so i will not abandon the idea altogether. For this reason I will keep it open here, in case it is picked up again as a popular option.
I think there are things that can be improved - perhaps an alternative to the ‘review’ part of the process flow, or the incorporation of a system-activation threshold. Though I will mull this over, making a next version is not my first priority.
I am still happy to hear any thoughts on this and will do my best to respond. If it does gain traction, I will consider turning it into a formal proposal but, until then, will not push this further.