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Spammers

08 Jun 2013, 00:36

Ok, I had it pointed out to me that we had another wave of spammers. If you see a spam post, please report it, as these guys managed to push through a bunch of user names, so I can't find all the jerk posts easily.
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Re: Spammers

08 Jun 2013, 08:24

Flence wants to migrate the forum soonish because of all this, but in the meantime, yeah, it'd be appreciated. :x Stupid spambots.
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Re: Spammers

06 Aug 2013, 11:37

There is irony at work here.
 
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Re: Spammers

22 Aug 2013, 11:12

So, this newest wave of spammers has led me to offer my moderation services. I've got professional experience and I can provide references and all that jazz, if you want. Let me know if you'd like another pair of eyes on the forum.
 
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Re: Spammers

30 Aug 2013, 10:38

I wouldn't mind having a mod dedicated to anti-spam measures, gifted with specialized anti-spam weapons. There are times here where I've felt like Nuradi city facing a wave of Gremlins.

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I mean, moreso than usual.

That said, I'm not in charge here, so I can't accept your kind offer.
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Re: Spammers

30 Aug 2013, 10:39

Also, does anyone know why these things even exist? Doesn't everyone know not to touch these toxic posts?
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Re: Spammers

30 Aug 2013, 14:07

Well, I don't claim special powers, just years of experience and I poke my head in here fairly often. The offer stands for if/when it can be taken up.

As for why they exist, it's unfortunately just a basic shotgun approach. If they send out enough spam, someone's going to bite and if enough people bite then someone's going to buy. Spam is a hugely profitable business because of that tiny percentage that's willing to buy into what they're selling and the rest of us pay for it in annoyance.

More specifically, it appeals to people's desire to find good deals and the rush of accomplishment that generates (same reason stores have sales and not simply low prices). There are plenty of people out there that aren't sophisticated enough internet users to know better as well, even without efforts by the spammers to trick users outright.

And it doesn't even subsidize a postal service for us like regular junk mail does, unfortunately.
 
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Re: Spammers

02 Sep 2013, 04:37

You'd think it'd need to be coherent to catch anyone.
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Re: Spammers

02 Sep 2013, 12:45

Since when has coherency and proper grammar mattered on the internet at large? Bottom line is that it's more cost effective to take a lower sales to spam ratio due to bad grammar than it is to hire someone to proof the spam. Then again, I suspect that all that spam advertising spectacular paying internet jobs might just involve a little proof reading.

But some of them are actually kind of clever, such as the guy with the NASA moon mission post peppered with links to boner pill stores that should have been hidden behind images. All that spammer did was lift the text of an article and replace the images with his own spam.

If I remember my statistics, it's something like 500 click-throughs and one sale per 150,000 pieces of spam that actually make it to human eyeballs. From the spammer's point of view it takes something like 10,000,000 pieces of spam sent per sale. Spam is pretty damn cheap, though, and the profit margins of what they're selling can absorb all that spam, so it remains profitable. Couple hundred million dollars a year profitable.
 
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Re: Spammers

05 Sep 2013, 22:40

Welcome to the modship! Like the mothership but with spam destroying powers.
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