Spam is still a common problem that messaging application users encounter every day, especially for those who are influencers in a community. At the same time, there exists a real need among users for reaching out to people outside of their network for connection, advice, or mentorship and many are willing to receive such messages of connection initiation as well.
To prevent spam while facilitating users’ network growth, Ready offers an economics-based anti-spam filter by allowing users to get RYT upon replying to “cold” messages and contact requests from someone outside of their network. Specifically, a user can set the minimum amount of RYT that needs to be deposited by others outside of his network to reach him directly (the default amount is 0 and customizable). If he (i.e., the recipient) responds to the message, the deposit will be forfeited to him.
This mechanism makes spam attempts more costly and helps improve the quality of direct messages.