The new scam / spam filter was set to improve the safety of our users and the quality of content. The initial results are astonishing – after running the proof-of-concept solution for 24 hours we had 100% of scam ads and spam messages trapped in our junk mail, Good Job !
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice any issues with the new scam fiter…
During the past several days I’ve received numerous complaints from the users regarding the decreasing quality of classified ads :
some ads are tripping their antivirus alerts
other ads are showing “forbidden” error page when opened
others ads are redirecting to “signup” forms, auctions, or some other content that does not match the title /description of the ad
It took awhile to come up with a mechanism to filter these “trash ads” from search results.
I’ve set up the first portion of filtering mechanism tonight. As the result, almost 2 million out of about 10mln search results have been removed. I will keep working on filtering and will put a couple more improvements in place within the next several days.
The majority of ads on eBayClassifieds are posted by private sellers (!), have clear description, pictures and appear to be spam-free. I wonder if their ads are also pre-screened to filter out questionable posts /:-|