You all know the stakes: Open Salon is under attack with spambots, live feeds, free Pay Per View, Hulk Smash vs Ironman sort of crap. It's been bad before, but it's also not been this bad for some time. It's bad enough now that the server is crashing and page loads are interminably long. So I have a modest proposal for you and I await your response in support or lack thereof.
I think, to make a point, in addition to flagging the spammers we should pick a day to NOT POST A SINGLE THING from a real live person. I would like to hear your input, either by post comment or message to inbox. Is this an idea you can get behind? Can you go a day without an Open Salon post? Can you suborn your desire to post and insead spend a few tens of minutes over the course of a day to do nothing but flagging spammers?
I know flagging is maintenance intensive. I know it helps bog down the server. I know that someone has to recieve these flagged messages and that's the real point. The more messages they recieve, the more they're going to realize that we're not just going to sit here and piss and moan about it -- and nothing more.
For this reason, we also have to commit to doing something else -- nothing. I mean it. No posts, no comments, no activity, no rating, just flagging -- and nothing else.
It's like a reverse Occupy Action. Don't Occupy Open Salon. Do you get it? With no human posts, no interaction between the people who actually use this site to communicate, to write, to inform, amuse or create discussion, there will be a relative baseline of how much activity is created in the feed by worthless spammers who shouldn't be here in the first place.
Of course, such a nothing protest is not without it's hazards and it's really nothing to them if that's all we do. So we must have a demand to go along with this. If this demand is not met, we'll commit more Don't Occupy Movement Inactions where the only sound of this site will be the hollow echoes of spambots posting with abandon, because we will have abandoned them -- at least for another day.
So what would our demands be? I mean, after all, it's a free site and we're not getting paid, either.
Well, how about this: Institute a spam screening method such as Captcha or reCaptcha. Sure, it's a small hassle to go through for all us real people who have to enter the distorted words into the box, but consider this: How is that worse than what we have to deal with now?
To me, it seems the benefits of a serious and realistic Spam Filter far outweigh the modest time sink of five to ten seconds entering a passkey phrase that a spambot cannot recognize. To me, it seems that this is a worthwhile, honest and sincere method to protest this situation. To me, this seems to be the most humane and most effective method to get our point across.
What do you think?