I am averaging anywhere from seven to ten splogs/TOS violating (Terms of Service) blogs a day, y'all. I have not seen anything like this before now. But, to be fair, I've only been here since late 2011.
Like many of you, I'm reporting diligently (and carefully!), but not seeing removals yet.
This is what I'm doing about this mess:
I'm reporting all actual SPAM blogs with appropriate documentation and links; I'm reporting all TOS-violating blogs with appropriate notations.
The splogs that have already been reported and removed by WP before I got to them— but still have active Gravatars— I go in and report their Gravatars if I find TOS violations or splog-activity.
The ones I suspect, but cannot document or notate, I don't report— because there is not enough evidence and I don't want to clog up the reporting process for everyone else.
Regarding international bloggers: I do have an actual international readership, and I follow/read a number of international blogs. It's one of the things I like about WP— WP bloggers aren't cordoned off into areas where one's own language is spoken. Some blog platforms are designed to make bloggers interact only with same-language speakers. I prefer WP's way of doing things.
That said, given the splog and splike activity, I've had to add an extra step in my splog-hunting to account for international splogs.
All new international blogs with a splog-like feel to them, I've taken to running through Google Translate so I can look at them carefully in English. (The translation is really warped, but workable.)
If anything throws up an obvious splog flag, I send an English-version link or two through CopyScape, then a link or two to CopyScape in the blogger's original language to help me look for content scraping. (I also do it the old school way— pull a sentence from a post, throw quotes around it, and drop it into the Google search engine to see what turns up.)
If an international splog has really obvious TOS-violations, I just report those.
You have to be really careful though— I have one new reader from a small country whose blog is just covered end to end in sparkly gewgaws that would read as "spammy" to me, but when I went to translate her blog/check its scraper-ratio, I discovered she was totally legit. This girl genuinely likes happy sparkly things, and thanks to Google Translate, I discovered she likes to write about happy sparkly things that are going on in her real life.
Of course, I became her newest reader right then and there— who doesn't enjoy true life happy stories with actual snapshots of regular ol' fun stuff?
So, as I said, I'm careful. I'm sure you all are too.
Back to those nasty splogs—
None of the documented splogs I've reported in the last week have been pulled yet, nor have any of the TOS-violating splogs disappeared. I have been told by official sources that there is typically about a 48-hour turnaround on all reports— but this conversation is making me question the turnaround time as of late.
I also read on the forum... somewhere from Timethief that spam/TOS-violation reports are addressed in the order they are received. (Timethief, is this right? I hope I didn't misquote you!) As you probably have guessed, some people report blogs as splogs/TOS violations that aren't splogs/TOS violations— which I would assume slows everything down.
I'm frustrated, tired, and a little freaked. I've had "likes" on my blog turned off for almost a week now, and still the "splikes" keep coming from the WP Reader feed (which keeps likes turned on for some reason, but those likes are only visible on a blogger's own feed and your notification center.) I have new reader notifications turned off because it was bumming me right out to see frequent notifications like "AMAZONBUYMENOWPLEASE has just started following your blog!" on my phone.
Honestly, I could use a good word from the WP higher-ups right about now about... anything surrounding 2013's "Spring of the Mad Sploggers."