The company I'm working for runs social network sites, and we're classifying messages sent one-to-one as spam or not spam. The issue is that it's been trained exclusively on German training data, since most of the networks we operate are local to Germany. Soon we will need to support multiple languages for this, since the one trained on only German will often think messages in other languages are spam as well.
I'd prefer not to have to maintain different training data for different languages if possible, so my question is:
What's a reasonable approach to doing text classification for multiple languages?
A spam message in our cases usually contains obfuscated links and subtle references to other websites. Example of a message that should be classified as spam:
hi funnyguy kennst du mich noch ? konnte hier kein bilder hoch laden komm mal bitte zu ( somethingelse.com) mein nik ist ( 19theusername91 ) mal sehen ob du mich noch kennst :)
The current approach is the normal stemming, TF-IDF and LSA for pre-processing, then a two-level classifier: an ensemble of normal classifiers that's used as input for a linear classifier that will make the final decision.