I first started writing on this platform almost a month ago. Although I've had a wonderful time expressing my opinions on different topics and reading the valuable opinions/writings of others, I can't help but notice a major issue with the content on this platform.
This issue makes itself known as soon as you hit the new tab. Whilst expecting to see an array of different ideas, writings, point-of-views, and other valuable content which we've become accustomed to seeing on this innovative platform, instead our browser windows are propagated by piles of spam.
This spam usually takes the form in links to free movies, episodes, game hacks, and other low-effort content.
These post never receive any donations or votes. And since their posters always hike up the price of commenting to some crazy amount, because all they're really interested in is making a quick buck, you can't even do so much as request that the author cease posting low-quality content or give him feedback of any sort. It seems that all these post are successful in doing is clogging up the new section, thus burying quality content which would have otherwise been voted upon and enjoyed by the community.
I think that these low-quality posts are seriously disrupting the mechanics of yours.org, and something more needs to be done about them, as the voting system fails to prevent these articles from burying higher quality content and thus exiling them into obscurity. I wrote this post in order to identify the problem, but I'd love to hear what you guys have to suggest as solutions to this problem. I'm currently stumped in trying to figure one out for myself, besides perhaps suggesting curation by yours.org staff, but I don't know if I'd trust them to decide what's low-quality and what's high-quality.
 

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While it may be an unpopular move, I think the best way to combat spam is to make it cost something - perhaps just a few cents - to create a new post. That money could go straight to yours.org. Alternatively, it could be refunded to the author if the article gets upvoted sufficiently, making it a kind of anti-spam deposit.
I appreciate that such a system might put off newcomers, which is not ideal for a site in its infancy like this one. But as @Alec says, something needs to be done to combat the spam.
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I think the solution is to address each type of user.
New users need to post stuff for free to experience the site and maybe earn their first BCH. So the website should at least allow free posting with limits. It can be like 1 post per day per account/IP address.
Then you have people that may be able to produce more valuable content and they know that their content is valuable. These people can either be charged a low fee to publish more than their 1 free post per day, like 10 cents (which was the case for all posts in an earlier version of Yours, but it discouraged new users that did not knew about BCH yet to post).
paying 10 cents is enough to fight very low value spam and allows good content creators to be very quickly refunded by the upvotes. As Finlay Stewart said, the original 10 cents can even be refunded by the website if you get enough upvotes.
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I like what @zhell suggests
New users need to post stuff for free to experience the site and maybe earn their first BCH. So the website should at least allow free posting with limits. It can be like 1 post per day per account/IP address.
I would suggest the spammers will game this, but at least it is a suggestion that still permits onboarding new participants.
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I suggest other points for consideration:
  • posting costs the same as whatever the paywall is set to be (= maybe yours.org could make a _lot_of_money off the spammers ?)) [maybe this is already done ? I do not paywall (yet), so how would I know...]
  • free posts are permitted no paywall
  • free posts self-destruct after some time such as 48hour or so if not voted or tipped. A real person involved then may just recompose and try again.



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Create the option of paying a publishing fee, but don't make it required, then make a content search filter on minimum publishing fee.
Like bitcoin transactions: there are no spam transactions so long as they have a fee.
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Yes, I agree on this.
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I love the spam deposit idea. Let's say any new user can get a few free posts, say 3-5, (total for that account, period), making it more effort to game (not impossible though) since you'd have to continually create new users and thus new BCH wallets. That would be more burdensome than just writing a good post IMHO.
The spam deposit would be refunded in full if the article/post got a set number of votes or comments say. This would encourage people to write higher quality posts, without preventing new users from getting started. New users would be encouraged to start out with something higher quality, but they get a few attempts at it before having to pony up the BCH from an external source.

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non commercial posts (no paywall, free comments) - free
commercial posts - small fee paid to yours.org

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