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a theoretical solution to spam robots?

Timothy Drane 6 years ago • updated by Sarah 6 years ago 0
I notice that lately imgur has become over capacity for most of the day. I can attribute a bit of this to the system thingy that you have to gather the most popular pictures, and the plethora of fellow imgurians. But I feel that spam robots are taking up too much of the servers.

Can you possibly throw in an update that would automatically boot the user from the servers and ban the IP address? 

A theoretical solution:
server is told to boot users if rank hits -100

This solution would be easily patrolled by the imgur community. I do believe that there is little room for abuse due to the fact that most of imgur is very respectable (a bit warped, but respectable)...

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The best thing you can do is to report the spam caption using the "report" link that comes up when you hover over the caption. We get alerts if the caption has been reported enough times and we are able to ban spammers that way. The downvoting idea is not feasible because normal bad captions (not from spammers) would have the potential to be downvoted to -100 as well. 

Don't worry, the spammers have nothing to do with the overcapacity issue :)
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The best thing you can do is to report the spam caption using the "report" link that comes up when you hover over the caption. We get alerts if the caption has been reported enough times and we are able to ban spammers that way. The downvoting idea is not feasible because normal bad captions (not from spammers) would have the potential to be downvoted to -100 as well. 

Don't worry, the spammers have nothing to do with the overcapacity issue :)