Heads up: we’re building a Machine Learning system to fight scam artists.
In the past, we’ve relied on our community and moderators to categorize listings and report suspicious ads. We’ve made great progress by automating most of this work with a flexible rules engine. Today, we’re feeding years of training data into an experimental distributed Machine Learning System to help us scale this process to the next level.
We’ll be posting updates on the progress and some stats as more data becomes available.
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 /:-|