Whisper Function only used by bots?
In my 13 years of being on the website I can only recall a few times I've used the whisper function, majority of which were people contacting me [as a moderator] for an unban. The hundreds, possibly thousands of other times were merely bots using the feature to spam links which I can only assume are all malicious.
Now I don't have any data on how useful the whisper function is for actual people but I would take a guess and say 80-90% of all whisper messages are likely spam/bots. I would just like to propose the removal of the whisper function altogether, save your viewers from malicious attacks and save your resources in the process. You've done a great job in eliminating a majority of bot spam in chats, now it's time to continue that progress by eliminating this one.
i get bots from time to time too