From: "Aaron Turner" <synfinatic / gmail.com>
>
> Another option, is do what the svn-users list does- have moderators
> approve messages from email addresses which are not subscribed.  Yes,
> this means if you're not subscribed, then your post gets delayed.
> However, if you have enough mods across different timezones then it's
> usually an acceptable delay.  If not, you can always subscribe as I
> mentioned above.  I'll take it one step further and offer up to be a
> moderator for a minimum of 1 year.

I suspect classification could be automated to the extent
that moderators should be called upon very infrequently.

If we trained a classifier (like maybe
http://classifier.rubyforge.org/ ) with ham and spam from
comp.lang.ruby, I suspect posts that registered a very
high score as ham could be passed along unchallenged by
the gateway.  (I'm presuming we aren't dealing with
spammers who are sophisticated enough in their targeting
of the newsgroup to actually append some pseudo ruby-
related content to their posts?)

So the gateway could continue to pass along high scoring
ham unchallenged, and only route posts to a moderator
queue if they didn't register as having obvious ruby-
related content.

(I suppose we could get slightly fancier and even auto
whitelist a poster's email address once a high scoring
ham post had been received from them by the gateway,
after which, being on the whitelist, their posts would
be given the benefit of the doubt.)

Anyway... seems like a problem that could be mostly
automated.  I suspect most of the work would be in
implementing the moderator queue mechanism.


Regards,

Bill