Limits placed on TL0 accounts can broadly be categorized as either:
- Prevent malicious/noob actors from impacting the day-to-day reading of other useres
- Prevent malicious actors from overloading the forum by spamming it with traffic, mass uploading content, etc
On our forum, we’ve had a number of (noob) users autoflagged / silenced for PMs to discobot or other automated accounts like system for category #1. This not only negatively impacts users by preventing them from posting (silenced) or makes them feel unwelcome (post hidden), but forum moderators have to go through and manually unslience these users / continually clear the flag queue. We especially want to keep category #2 active since it’s easier for bad actors to misbehave where no one can see, but it would be nice to disable category #1 when PMing automated accounts.
A related issue with a separate solution is the iconic discobot ending up in the flag queue frequently.