SpamThrottle for World of Warcraft
I’ll occasionally be mentioning some rather great addons. For the first of this series, I’m going to be telling you about SpamThrottle. First, let me bring this all into context.
A lot of the multiboxers here play on the Blackrock-US server. Its one of the oldest, most-crowded, most-competitive servers that Blizzard has. There are raid PUGs forming for everything from old world content, to the weekly raid quests, to heroic farming, to even Trial of the Grand Crusader and the new Icecrown instances. Until 3.3, the best place to find and build a PuG was the Trade channel.
Now, we all know that in 3.3 Blizzard made the LFG channel city wide and open to everyone in the city. So, whenever you’re in the Trade channel, you’re also in the LFG channel. But “traditions” (ie easy to change habits) are apparently hard to change and Trade still get hit by 95% of LFG traffic. You can probably imagine that this would be quite a bit of spam when you mix in the usual chat in the trade channel. Which is exacerbated by people feeling that the only way their message will be seen in the spam is by spamming their own message over and over. Get 4-5 people doing this and the effect snowballs into a stream of chat that no one can possibly read.
This is where SpamThrottle comes in. What is does is displays the first time a message is sent and then blocks repeated messages with the same content (say from a macro spam) from being displayed. It does a really good job of it too.
By default, SpamThrottle will use its color filter option. This option simply makes the spam its effecting turn a darker shade of gray, which doesn’t solve the problem, but you can see from all the gray what it can do. Simply type “/st hide” and all those gray messages disappear. Trade is now a crawl of its former speed. So, grab yours now and return your trade chat to normal speeds.
Grab up SpamThrottle from Curse - http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/spamthrottle.aspx