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Jude
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Posted: Fri 12 Jun , 2009 1:03 pm
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What's with this XenuAntiSpamb poster? Is he/she legit?

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Posted: Mon 17 Aug , 2009 10:26 pm
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I don't know if bots are still a problem and even if they are, I don't know if you'd have the ability to do this, but a pretty effective anti-bot strategy is to put a hidden field on the registration form and reject any submissions that have it filled in (it's more effective if the hidden attribute comes from a CSS class defined in a separate file).


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Jude
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Posted: Thu 11 Aug , 2011 12:50 am
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This new member, sdfsdfsdf, has bot written all over it...

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Posted: Sat 13 Aug , 2011 2:20 pm
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It's deleted.

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Jude
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Posted: Wed 18 Apr , 2012 3:41 pm
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I don't want to turn away any legitimate users, but I suspect that some of our more recent joiners are bots...

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Posted: Wed 18 Apr , 2012 6:11 pm
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I've looked at least one of them and couldn't tell for sure. (I didn't see any obvious signs, but I did look quickly.)

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Posted: Wed 18 Apr , 2012 6:17 pm
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I looked up the three who have joined after January 1st of this year. Their IP addresses come back to India and Pakistan.


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Jude
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Posted: Sun 10 Jun , 2018 10:19 pm
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I know that our newest member, Rj158Zmonp, is a bot - reason I haven't deleted it yet is that I'm waiting to see if it'll make a spam post somewhere, and I'm just curious what sort of crap it'll be pushing.

Of course, if any of you get impatient and just want to delete the thing, I won't stand in your way :D

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Posted: Mon 11 Jun , 2018 12:54 pm
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I deleted one the other day, but we can see what this one will do. Or delete it soon. Whichever. :D

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Posted: Thu 03 Oct , 2019 8:04 am
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I could be wrong but I suspect Mikeliu is a bot... :)

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Frelga
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Posted: Thu 03 Oct , 2019 12:57 pm
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Aw, can we keep that one? He's kind of cute.

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Jude
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Posted: Thu 03 Oct , 2019 6:04 pm
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What you're seeing are my edits to its posts, which were originally links to the website it was trying to promote.

Eventually, I'll delete it, but I'm curious as to whether it'll keep posting spammy links, or whether there's an actual human behind it that might complain about how its posts are being edited.

Stay tuned!

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Posted: Fri 04 Oct , 2019 1:37 am
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Oh! I didn't realize those were the edited posts! Thank you for your hard work!

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Posted: Fri 29 Nov , 2019 10:53 am
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They're here!

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Jude
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Posted: Fri 29 Nov , 2019 8:01 pm
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They have been... dealt with.

*rubs hands thoughtfully*

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Posted: Fri 29 Nov , 2019 8:34 pm
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*Cackles wickedly*

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Frelga
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Posted: Fri 29 Nov , 2019 8:48 pm
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At least Jude got to have fun. :D

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Jude
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Posted: Thu 05 Mar , 2020 8:55 pm
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This new one, "ertooso", is either a highly-sophisticated bot, or a lowly-paid minion that combs through websites and pretends to post relevant replies and then returns a few days later and edits the post to post spammy links. On its first post, in the Emigrated thread, I actually wondered if it was a member who had lost their login information. I visited the thread later, and found that the post had been edited to promote their link. Then the same thing happened in the Star Trek thread in Made in Dale. If you read the original version of the post, it was actually plausible in context. Now, it's been completely rewritten to promote their spammy link.

If it is a bot, the AI is strong with this one. It may even pass the Turing test.

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Frelga
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Posted: Fri 06 Mar , 2020 1:35 am
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Good effort but I don't think it had to be all that sophisticated. It just had to find a topic header related to a particular subject and then post a canned test snippet.

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Jude
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Posted: Thu 24 Sep , 2020 1:16 am
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I'm just wondering how long until that long political post by a new member gets edited into a spammy link. Anyone wanna take bets?

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