I had a thought earlier about how a lot of people, especially women with their real face in their pfp experience weird men in their PMs trying to get at them. Then the spammers, who blow up our inboxes with promises of publishing if we’d just join dreame/ficfun/sofanovel/whatevertheyreselling.
Why not just implement a timing system of some sort. You have to verify your account before you can do some stuff on wattpad, why not take it a step further and make it so new users cannot message people for 72 hours after they’ve verified their account? It may slow down the creepy dudes and poachers if they have to wait three days everytime they make a new account to harrass people.
AND/OR a system where they have to upload a story part, or read 2-3 chapters of any story or however much before they can earn the ability? Given that most of the poachers and creepy people aren’t here for actual reading and writing and join primarily to message people, it would slow them down from signing up and automatically able to harrass people within five minutes.
I don’t know if it could work, but I know some sites have a waiting period before you’re allowed to do certain things.