Honestly, whoever has an idea for a spam detection measure for Mastodon, and by that I do mean an implementation, get in touch with me, I'll pay for it.
I've been thinking about solutions for the past few days but the more I think about them the more they appear pointless.
Defining an account as suspicious when it has no local followers can be circumvented by just pre-following them, using account age can be circumvented with sleeper accounts, blacklisting URLs does nothing when the spam does not include URLs, checking for duplicate messages sent to different recipients can be circumvented by randomizing parts of the message...
I don't think it's realistic to think there can be a technical solution to completely eliminate spam. But raising its cost, which can be done by each of these solutions, is still worthwhile because they will make spamming harder.
@Gargron Ok. Forcing spammers to create sleeper accounts and sleeper instances would still help reduce the rate of abuses after previous instances and accounts have been blocked. Especially if the amount of messages they can send to people they haven't interacted with before is made proportional to their age. Or am I missing something?
(We've also discussed shared blocklists already. I'm now convinced they come with a lot of problems.)
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