This tidbit came down the wire recently, and should prove to be interesting for many of us. Blizzard has released some of the specifics of the changes regarding Spam prevention being implemented in the upcoming 2.1 patch. The interesting thing to me is that once you report someone, it will automatically ignore any chat or mail from that account -- not just the one user name. And so long as the throttle doesn't stop messages in trade, I see that being an awesome feature. The major downside to the new spam prevention additions (at least thus far) would be that it only lasts for your current session, and it is based on using your /ignore list.
My question would be this: if you have a full /ignore list, will it still ignore people once you report them since it's only a temporary /ignore? (Blizz, if ya love me, you'll hook me up with that unlimited /ignore list I've asked Greatfather Winter for the last couple of years.) While I'll be the first to agree that these changes are definitely a step in the right direction, I question how many people will use the chat reporting option. At least, when you consider that there are mods now that block you from ever seeing the spam whispers in the first place. I do see that one-button mail-spam reporting getting a lot of use, since the mods only block whispers. Hopefully that will help knock some of the compromised accounts out of circulation faster.
So hey, if you're listening out there Drysc -- I will personally buy you a drink at BlizzCon if you can get the built-in spam prevention measures up to where we never have to see spam again - and we don't need a mod to do it. (I'd offer to buy the entire Dev team a round, but I don't make that kind of money.) Deal?
(Ooh, I just noticed, later in the thread he says these aren't the only changes. Let's hope!)
[Drysc's notes from the forums are behind the jump]