For a lot of activities it's pretty straightforward to detect when an activity is suspicious and probably should be flagged. Often it's not even intentional, just forgetting to stop the recording and get in the car can be enough to have a malicious activity. Including those activities in the segment boards is pretty annoying and could be prevented. Rather easily, actually. if a human can see it in an eye blink, a machine should be able too these days.
That being said, how could such a feature be implemented?
There's a lot of benefit to such an approach. First of all, we the users won't be annoyed by all these wrongly recorded activities. We love Strava. We love Strava segments, but it's to not much use if the data in the segments is bogus. Reporting can be avoided. Turn the system around. Keep the good users happy 🙂
Secondly, for Strava itself, having quality data is key I would assume. So get the data filtered when it's entered. Data cleansing can be hard, as a software engineer I'm well aware of this, but when done good and early, it can be very, very rewarding.
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