Weekly scrobble cap?

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I know this has been brought up around the forums in different threads, but are there actually any plans to curb blatantly false scrobble counts?

I've just stumbled on yet another cheating user who, according to his Last.Week (that excellent tool of yours that easily and quickly reveals who's cheating), listened to 21 days of music in the past 7 days.

Could you at least try and put a crude cap on, something like 3,000 scrobbles per week? I think a solid 7 days of listening is nearer 2,500, but this particular user I've just seen has supposedly scrobbled almost 9,300 times in the last week.

Perhaps you could use the data you're already gathering for your Last.Week tool and freeze a user's account for a month if they've scrobbled over 7 days worth of music; do it three times and have your account deleted? Alternatively, introduce a "Report Profile" flag (requiring a reason for the report)?

The charts and listening data/histories of users is meant to be one of Last FM's distinctive features and it would be nice if you're working on a way to maintain/regain their integrity. What is the point in you introducing badges for artists to show who are the Top 100 most-played if the data they're reliant on is bloated by lots of fake scrobbles?

FWIW, I have started unfollowing users who's Last.Weeks reveal them to be cheating, but it's still something I would like to see addressed by yourselves, as I see it as a site issue for all not just the fact that it irks me.
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As I said last week, both our lead developer and head of product are keen to implement a daily scrobble cap at some point in the near-ish future. We're planning to do more api work in the latter half of this year, so I will remind them of this nearer the time.   If we do go ahead with this, understand that it will be a very reasonable cap, and the aim is prevent extreme cheating (using scripts and/or abusing the universal scrobbler site) that causes us genuine problems (millions of scrobbles per month), and not people scrobbling while they're asleep, shared / group accounts, radios/jukeboxes, or "That guy is at the top of my last.week leaderboard AGAIN" kind of cheating (just ignore / unfollow them).