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Automatically report potential spam users

Avatar: Aram

The problem & context

  • There are many so-called “profile spammers” in all instances of Decidim. They create a profile, fill in the personal URL and bio, and then do nothing on the website, or sometimes post some content.

Proposed solutions:

  1. The first time a user posts a link on their profile or elsewhere (comments, etc.) automatically report this user with 1st option filled (Contains clickbait, advertising, scams or script bots).
  2. Strip links from profile and other places, until the profile solves its automatic report for the first time.The criteria will be something like: registered users the last 60 days and filled out a link in the profile bio or in the comments for the first time.

The proposed solution aims to deter “spammer users” by quickly detecting suspected spammers, automatically reporting and strip links to neutralize their clickbait function.

How do we propose to implement this?

  • It’s better to implement it in core, because it’s a general problem.
  • But many instances of Decidim need to fix this problem in a short time and we also appreciate the possibility of implementing it as a module if it is not feasible to implement this improvement quickly in the core. What do you think about it?

Funded by:

  • Some clients can collectively funds this improvement.



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