I remember reading that reputation is something that is going to be removed from the chain and something else is going to replace it. I'm not sure if I read it right or not. Also, not sure if there is already some work happening. I just thought of giving this suggestion.
There are scammers and people with a negative reputation spamming comments on posts made by users. @gangstalking account is one such example. I understand that there are always some pissed-off individuals on the chain and it is hard to control everyone and even if one account is blocked there will always be 100 more accounts doing the same thing. As long as they have enough HP in their account, they will be able to spam the chain with comments and posts.
Right now ignoring is the only thing that people are doing.
Would it be a good idea to restrict people from broadcasting transactions if their account reputation goes below a certain value? I understand that during downvote wars too the reputation is affected but I don't think it goes below -15 unless the person is a pure scammer.
If the person is innocent and was downvoted by a group of people by mistake, the good folks of the community can maybe vote him back again and recover his reputation a bit.
If reputation is a system that is going to be removed or not an easy way to implement, maybe a number of downvotes or downvote weight in the last few days or months can be calculated and the restriction can be set in place. At least this will prevent the account from spamming the chain.
Let's check some data from the chain
I was curious to go and check how many comments @gangstaking account is doing every month. It appears that the account is operational/actively spamming only for the last 3 months and look at the data below. Every post or comment made on-chain and every edit made on a post is triggering this spam comment.
Total comments made by the account
Total Curation rewards by the account
Total Author rewards by the account
I'm able to see that the author rewards this account gets are also pretty good. We are just looking at only one account that is spamming the chain. Imagine all other accounts that are spamming comments on this chain. If we can come up with a solution to this, Hive can look a lot cleaner.
Note: I'm not even sure if my suggestion is a valid one and what the technical challenges would be but I just wanted to give it a try.