[aur-general] We've got a spam issue in our AUR

Ido Rosen ido at kernel.org
Sun Jul 12 18:36:33 UTC 2015

On Sun, Jul 12, 2015 at 2:24 PM, Lukas Fleischer
<lfleischer at archlinux.org> wrote:
> On Sun, 12 Jul 2015 at 18:25:47, Andrejs Mivreņiks wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Suspending the account is good, though what about messages? Are they
>> going to be removed? Also there is totally no spam protection that I know of at
>> this moment in AUR, at some point it might turn out to be a bigger problem than
>> that today.
>> [...]
> I deleted all 15 comments the user posted. Given that only a very low
> number of packages were affected, I suspect that he copy-pasted the
> message manually. There is really nothing we can do about that (apart
> from disabling comments)...

I'm not sure if this is worthwhile, but:

https://pypi.python.org/pypi/django-bogofilter/0.1 (example of
integrating bogofilter to forum comments in Django/Python)

We could add this email-style spam filtering (using bogofilter or any
similar package), and make comments that fail it have to use a
CAPTCHA?  Or just make all comments require a CAPTCHA.  Or a "report
spam" link for comments.

Another thought for improving comments might be to implement
reddit-style upvoting/downvoting.

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