Comment Classifications

Type Classification

Spam

Comment Farming Spam  (CFS)

  • Comments are written in reply to old posts
  • Comments are written in direct reply to comment author
  • Account as a voting trail
  • Account typically does not interact outside of its circle of accounts
  • Often voted by clearly highly organized massive bot nets

Post Farming Spam (PFS)

  • Posts are created with minimal effort, usually an image.
  • The post sole purpose is to receive upvotes from a voting trail, to enable Comment Farm Spam or offer something for a voting clique to vote on
  • Account typically does not interact outside of its circle of accounts

Service Scam Comments (SSC)

  • No distinction between human/bot
  • Notify of service activity but does not complete the activity.e.g. post was votes for, flagged, this user is banned, you got an award, etc.
  • This only includes accounts that look like they are intentionally failing to perform the service.
  • These accounts can mimic legitimate services such as @cheetah
  • Examples:
    • @holl.boll
    • @steemitmore

Generic Request Comment Spam (GRCS)

  • Exactly the same or similar requests to return votes or follows
  • Generally known as (and comment may contain) “follow for follow” or “vote for vote”
  • May have poor English

Grey Area

Novelty Comments (NC)

  • Comments by bots or humans with the goal of entertaining the community
    • @cornholio
    • @isaymeep
    • @iliketoast
  • Comments by AI bots

 

Services, Advertising & Initiatives

Service Comments (SC)

  • No distinction between human/bot
  • Notify of service activity, e.g. post was votes for, flagged, this user is banned, you got an award, etc.
  • Note that there is some distinction between this and Advertising Comments, as all formal comments are essentially self service and advertising, but the main intention is to notify
  • Examples:
    • @cheetah
    • @minnowbooster
    • @steemitboard

Public Service Comments

  • Comments that serve to inform the community
  • Information may include
    • Welcome messages (with no self promotion or action performed)
    • Warning the community the account may have posted abuse (@cheetah)
    • Warning the community that the topic of the post may be a scam
    • Warning the community to research and invest with care

Formal Advertising Comments (FAC)

  • Advertises a formally organized service, organization, project or initiative
  • Generally will be exactly the same message or slightly customized, therefore bot

Self Advertising Comments (SAC)

  • Advertises the poster as an individual, usually their posts or some posts they like
  • Quite clear that the main intention is to bolster the user’s reputation and get votes
  • Often found on #introduceyourself posts
  • Examples:
    • @welcomebot

Spam Frequency Classification

Low Frequency

  • Posts 10 – 20 spam comments a day
  • Spam comments are generic, self promotion, or other copy/paste
  • There are original comments interspersed.
  • Accounts interact with the community generally

Medium Frequency

  • Posts between 20 – 50  spam comments a day
  • Spam comments are generic, self promotion, or other copy/paste
  • Some accounts will write original comments in addition to their spam comments
  • Some accounts will interact with the community

High Frequency

  • 50+ spam comments a day
  • Little distinction can be made between human comments and bot comments