|The bans began on 12 November.|
But the real question isn't the initial success of the anti-spambot measures or how many botters were banned. The true measure is whether the changes are permanent or just temporary. With the initial bans of the spambots ending on 26 November I decided to revisit Jita and see if the spambots had retaken control of local.
|The first days after the initial bans expired|
Overall, the results I found using the tools Chribba built into Eve-Live.com were encouraging. Comparing yesterday with the first full day when the anti-bot measures too effect, we see that the number of lines increased by 15.2% while the number of characters who actually spoke in Jita local dropped by 14.1%. Also, the length of the average line of text increased from 49.2 characters up to 61.6 characters. That was still better than the 81.9 characters per line of text before the anti-bot measures went into effect, but an indication that some bots were sneaking in.
So the next step was to look at the most often repeated lines in Jita. I looked at the first 3 lines. Did I find bots? I think so.
|Can a human perform this regularly?|
|A very persistent merchant|
|Not sure how much ISK a 2-day old character has|
Now, please do not take this as a criticism of Team Security. The anti-spam campaign only started two weeks ago. I have confidence that any detection scripts running will have the parameters refined over time to become more capable. Don't forget that the top spammers only became active in the last 4 days, which indicates that other characters are receiving bans. Also, the amount of spam, as indicated by the raw chat totals, has gone down. So things are looking up for those annoyed by spambots. We just need to keep watch to see that the progress continues.