Due to large amount of SPAM these days (see Lots of question related to weight lose, fatty tissue etc in daily. Is it added intentionally?) I propose to introduce following restrictions for unregistered or 1rep users:

  • No links. And nothing reassembling a link, like www.example.com without http:// and link tags
  • No images. Yes, there was SPAM with images in the queue.

I know it looks drastic, but when I logged in today, I've seen 5 newest posts on my screen (first impression without scrolling), 4 of which was SPAM posts. I'm getting tired, and judging by the question linked, other users are affected, too.

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    Yes, I agree with you. Today, I've flagged 11 SPAMS in just 50 mins. Infact I opened DA meta to post about this. Glad you've already posted :) Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 7:22
  • Disallowing images might make sense here, but banning links would likely get very frustrating for new users. I think the price would be too high. Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 7:29
  • @MadScientist I believe links to imgur, php.net and *.drupal.org could stay allowed. Other links? why? Link-only answers are already forbidden. We expect content posted here to be link-independent, valid and complete even if linked resource disappears. Only "cost" I see would be disappearance of "here is my site, debug it plz" questions and "this link solves it" answers, but that would actually be a benefit.
    – Mołot
    Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 7:36
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    I believe this has been discussed several times on MSE if someone wants to find some references. I fully support this.
    – mpdonadio Mod
    Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 13:39
  • @MPD I think it was, too. But what we are seeing here, now, is substantially worse than anything what happened there. And I hardly ever see so much SPAM visiting RPG, UX or Arcade. Maybe they delete it faster? But I'm under impression that Drupal Answers became a designated target.
    – Mołot
    Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 13:43
  • @Mołot DA has always been a spam favorite. The Webapps, Ubuntu, and Apple sites, too. There has been a slight uptick, but nothing too crazy. I think you are seeing more of it because of when it usually gets posted. By the time I wake up, I never see the spam flags.
    – mpdonadio Mod
    Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 13:50
  • @MPD point is: I'm getting up at the same time I always did, and I see a lot more spam than half a year ago or so. Or even 3 months ago.
    – Mołot
    Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 14:01
  • I agree with molot introduce anti-spam restrictions, also restrict the users first day Q&A posting limit something like they can post upto 3 Q&A.
    – Bala
    Commented Aug 24, 2014 at 1:21
  • @Bala I see no point, at least no anti-spam point, in posts per day per user restrictions. Spambots posts only one post per user created.
    – Mołot
    Commented Aug 24, 2014 at 18:20


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