posted on Aug, 26 2017 @ 05:50 AM
a reply to: Domo1
I trashed a thread recently that was 9/10 spam posts going back over a year. The OP hasn't been around for months so I PMd them an explanation. Didn't
seem fair to have a two-page thread with 90% of posts being removed and it was like a honey trap for spambots and spammers. It's hard to believe how
some threads are never, ever noticed unless it's by a spammer.
It's always appreciated when members alert these spam accounts and we ban them quickly.
The internet has seen newer versions of the spammer in the past two years or so. One was like watching evolution in progress. We had accounts with
*John Smith* common names that would post in threads and basically be on topic. What they were doing was snipping a couple of sentences from the
thread and posting them as their own - automated. Only a keen eye could pick up on it. Subsequently some would drop spam links (banned them) and
others seemed to have no purpose other than blending in.
The latter (in my opinion) were prototypes for the social media comment bots that became fake accounts for pushing partisan politics. We banned them