Watched Words Improvement -- similar looking unicode characters

For watched words, I think it could be improved if similar unicode characters also matched.

For example:

Essentially allows spammers to have a lot of variations of the same words to circumvent the word filter. I’ve been getting hammered by crafty motivated spammers so they’ve really been pushing Discourse’s anti-spam features to the absolute limit. This is one of the techniques they’re using.

Perhaps this could be useful:

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That’s not β€œfont” that is a different set of unicode characters.


Ah my bad, thanks for the correction. Updated the post.

Unlikely, as that kind of unicode β€œlooks like” matching is extremely expensive in CPU time and also very finicky to get right, because who decides what β€œlooks like” something else? :thinking:

I suggest you should consider other methods of dealing with these spammers.

In the meantime, just add common variations of spam terms as needed in different unicode characters.