Do you want to see spam and hate speech off the Fediverse? Think there must be a better way than continuing to click Mute and Block all the time?

On this episode of Libre Lounge, Chris and Serge talk about the work they're doing to protect the Fediverse from Spam, Scams and Online Harasment.

@librelounge I haven't listened to the episode, yet, but this has been bothering me for a while, since the mute/block approach means that there's a world of difference between the community established members see and the trash newcomers are going to see, which isn't exactly the best foot forward.

@jcolag @librelounge
Can't a spammer grind "stamps" before spamming? It might be hard to grind stamps without revealing your identity, even the way you type could reveal your identity.

Anyways, the idea seems better as the current one. We will see what it becomes, but I currently support the idea (my opinion can still change though).


Yes, a spammer could generate stamps beforehand, but it's not in their best interest to do so, for a few reasons:

1. The entire idea of a stamp is that it's a cost. It costs you something to get one. That might be CPU time, or money, or something. If the cost you expend is higher than your percieved benefit, you're losing.


@rmw @jcolag

2. One of the ways to address this problem is simply to have stamps expire. Maybe a stamp is only good for a month. If stamps are returned, that's a good deal (and addresses environmental concerns) but going back to make more might be a pain.

3. One might decide that the cost of a stamp changes over time, or that the cost of sending changes. Maybe on Day 1, a message costs 1 stamp, but if there's a storm of stuff, sending a message might cost 4 stamps.



@rmw @jcolag

Ultimately Stamps are part of an overall design. Stamps are just one component. They don't guarantee that the recipeint sees the message.

For spammers and scammers, this makes the prospect of sending spam expensive. If the cost of spamming is so high that the entire venture becomes unprofitable, it'll stop.

For harassers, I don't think that *only* Stamps will be enough. We'll need to pair it with other tools, but like OcapPub, they can work together nicely.

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