Does anyone else think it may be time to add a captcha in order to post a question,answer or comment, maybe the capcha requirement can drop after a certain karma ranking? It really saddens me that some jerks are starting to tarnish such awesome sites as this one. At times I question if it could be some other site hating on Ask.SSC by doing this stuff. Regardless, how can we help protect this site?
It's really difficult to deal with a lot of these guys, as they're only partially automated. So we do things like block their IP addresses, but they're determined enough to come back quickly with a new one. Because this site is run on an external platform, we're dependent on the platform providers to provide us with better tools to deal with them, and we've requested quite a few. The one thing that would make a huge difference is if a user is suspended that their posts then no longer affect the sort order - it would be as though they've disappeared at that point. I've been told that this is going to take a lot of work though.