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March 31 2015

thiopayloa

SNAFU: Say Hello to Gargamel

As you might have noticed, /everyone is drowning in spam. It was always a bit bad, but now it's practically unbearable.
While /everyone is unusable right now, we're not giving up on it, nor on the "laissez faire" policy of including everyone. At least not quite yet.
That's why I've been building an artificial intelligence for recognizing spam over the last months that is now in an early test phase. May I introduce: Gargamel!
With your help (your spam reports), a bit of python, a hacked dspam, a bit of scikit.learn cobbled together with a few feature extraction regexes, Gargamel is slowly coming to life.
And one of those signs of life you might have experienced today: a funky little mistake made him report each and every post as spam. Doesn't matter that I built him with the express purpose to generate as little false positives as possible. He took no prisoners.
Anyhow, thanks to the emails of a few alert users, we've noticed the mistake quickly and reset the account status of all affected.
But for the future: if you get a "your account has been deactivated" message when logged in, and you are not a spammer, please let us know at team@soup.io - don't forget to include the URL to your Soup. In fact, the URL is all you need to include in the email. We will never be able to completely avoid false positives, but reactivating an account is really just a click away.
(oh and yes: HE WILL CATCH THEM ALL, IF IT'S THE LAST THING HE DOES)
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