Spam can be broken into a few categories:
- Spam posts that are blocked from being posted
- Spam posts that make it past the automatic blocks
- Profile spam (not sure there are any preventative measures for this)
- Spam edits that are automatically blocked
- Spam edits that aren’t automatically blocked
- I know that the pen-test tool Burp Suite can be used to automatically suggest edits, though all the examples I found do nothing more than pointlessly HTML-encode some characters in the body with the edit summary "[email protected]". I don’t know much about this, but it makes it plausible that it’s used for some spam, by people who know how to use the tool properly.
(There are sometimes spam comments but this is rare except under spam posts.)
I am curious mainly about the first two groups, spam posts. What percentage of spam is created by people, as opposed to automatically? And what do these people do after posting their spam? Shog suggests quite a bit of spam is manual, so I assume that there is some data on this that’s being collected behind the scenes.
(It’s entirely too easy to be blocked by the suggested edit filter — I’ve been automatically banned from suggesting anonymous edits twice. That’s why I’m primarily interested in information about posts.)