Why is there still no comment/user report/flag system?

Asked by pbhj on 2017-10-24

This was raised as a bug at least 6 years ago: why is there no simple way to have spam comments removed and the users flagged for removal or hellbanning or whatever?

Is this not a priority. I note that the 3 Answers sections I've visited, including this one, have several spam comments visible on them. This detracts from the nature of Launchpad a lot IMO. It makes it appear to be unmaintained and gives a strong "low quality" indicator. I don't think either of those things is true but the appearance of it will be deleterious.

There's a huge invested user base here who could easily work to remove spam and spammers v. quickly.

Is it lack of web dev resources to implement such a system? Or, no will to do so?

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William Grant (wgrant) said : #1

Our automated systems catch the vast majority of spam. Occasionally some things slip through, but I can't see any recent stuff in Answers that has -- do let us know here if you find something specific.

We'd like to have built-in spam reporting functionality, but the problem isn't big enough today to trump other features and make it to the top of our roadmap. We'd happily accept a patch to add it now, and if spam starts repeatedly slipping through our automated systems the manual reporting feature would become more of a priority for us.


Two frewh topics from user "sobafed",


Unfortunately in the last two month I regularly see spam "slipping through" on SikuliX board (5+ were removed earlier this day, and lt was like 20+ spam topics created in the last two month).

The previous spam account created 2 more topics and got deactivated, but one more appeared just now:

One board, 7 spam topics in 2 hours.

Not to bug you, but to show you that the problem really looks bugging.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) said : #5

We're aware of the current scope of the problem, yes. Please don't report spam in this particular question, though.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) said : #6

(To be clear, since William said "here", I'm reasonably sure that they meant "on https://answers.launchpad.net/launchpad/+addquestion", not "in this particular question".)

pbhj (pbhj) said : #7

Is there any current work done on this task, any blueprints or other direction already been established. I'm not sure my coding chops are up to it but I may have time to address it in the New Year.

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