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Re: sure are a lot of spammers

#151 Post by K9s » Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:54 pm

Next summer, I assume we will be looking at a lot of them. Any way to strengthen the forum's access for a few months until after the 2020 election?
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Re: sure are a lot of spammers

#152 Post by lurker » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:16 pm

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Next summer, I assume we will be looking at a lot of them. Any way to strengthen the forum's access for a few months until after the 2020 election?
i'm guessing you're talking about the run-up to the election. that would be trolls, which are distinct from spammers in that spammers want to sell a physical product. trolls want to sell an idea and will probably be subtler and harder to detect with certainty.

if it was up to me, i would REQUIRE an intro post in the intro subforum. announce it at the door in big flashing letters. none of this daisy-chaining off of someone else's. build it into the software, reject membership attempts until they post something in an intro thread. make new members commit to something, anything, from the very beginning. and if they want to play clown games (as opposed to Klown games) we're here to point and laugh at them.

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Re: sure are a lot of spammers

#153 Post by K9s » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:37 pm

Yes, I assume it will be circus-like for a while before the elections.
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#154 Post by lurker » Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:29 am

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#155 Post by lurker » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:56 am

domingospear sells hondas online in india. 1 post.
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#156 Post by lurker » Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:18 pm

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#157 Post by lurker » Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:03 am

new member npamela411. :wtf:
and i'm suspicious of the glove guy in the knee pad thread. :think:
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Re: sure are a lot of spammers

#158 Post by K9s » Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:15 pm

I cannot wait for October 2020. I expect some fireworks.
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Re: sure are a lot of spammers

#159 Post by lurker » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:49 pm

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I cannot wait for October 2020. I expect some fireworks.
you're a better man than i, gunga din. i understand these things take time, but i was hoping we'd be well into impeachment proceedings by now. :cry:
i expect to carry on like normal, point them out when i see them, let admin and mods do the wetwork.
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Re: sure are a lot of spammers

#160 Post by K9s » Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:00 pm

lurker wrote:
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I cannot wait for October 2020. I expect some fireworks.
you're a better man than i, gunga din. i understand these things take time, but i was hoping we'd be well into impeachment proceedings by now. :cry:
i expect to carry on like normal, point them out when i see them, let admin and mods do the wetwork.
Can anonymous proxies be blocked? Just curious.
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Re: sure are a lot of spammers

#161 Post by lurker » Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:12 pm

i don't even know what an anonymous proxy is.
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#162 Post by K9s » Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:38 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anonymizer

It is a way to log in from Moscow, Russia but look like you are logging in from Moscow, Idaho.
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#163 Post by lurker » Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:29 pm

i used to live in st petersburg.
florida. across tampa bay from tampa. does that count?

i suppose there would have to be a way to detect them.

it's funny, even during the cold war, i could identify with russians because i thought two of my grandparents were russian. then i found out they were ukrainian, came from kiev. part of the russian empire, then the soviet union. i've read a fair amount of russian literature, tolstoy, dostoyevsky, lermontov, solzenytsin... now with the russian invasion of ukraine, i have no use for anything russian, including moisin-nagants, ak##s and their ammo. i understand that from their geopolitical POV it's important to have a warm-water port, but i don't have to like it, either. and now our great leader is standing by and watching venezuela while james monroe spins in his grave. russia may not be communist anymore but they're still very much totalitarian. i wish our conservative brethren understood that.

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Re: sure are a lot of spammers

#164 Post by K9s » Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:20 pm

Our own leaders are very much totalitarian. I hope people are figuring that out and it isn't too late for us.
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#165 Post by lurker » Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:29 pm

sad but true
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#166 Post by hondo2K0 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:38 am

Maybe she is a medical imaging technician ? You know x-ray + armor.

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#167 Post by lurker » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:19 am

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Maybe she is a medical imaging technician ? You know x-ray + armor.
yes, maybe. i took it as something about wearing body armor in airport screening lines. possibly undetectable by xray body armor.
i puzzle over some of these. some of them, on the face of it, look maybe legit. it's that maybe that catches my eye.
i don't have a fixed set of criteria to determine what i think is a spammer, but there are things that make me suspicious. no one or two of these are definitive, but they each raise a red flag:

user uses what looks like an actual name. really, who does this in this day and age? and yet, i think this is fairly normal in places like twitter, where notions like privacy are apparently considered archaic and quaint. may have to revise this at some point.
english as a second language. this is not just a matter of poor spelling or grammar. there are speech patterns embedded deep in our language usage that we don't even notice because of what language we learned to speak as children. whether we were raised in brooklyn, boston, bakersfield or bangladesh, our origins show. nothing against bangladesh, but why are you here?
apparent purpose: some of them are blatant. they're here to sell something. they may try to soft-pedal it, like the "sponsored content" we see on news feeds. it's ads, bought and paid for, and expected to generate revenue. if it's not firearm- or rights-related, why is it here? even then, sometimes a tactical flashight is just a flashlight.
the converse: it's unclear why they came. they're evasive, dance around it, never quite come out and say why they're here. these actually worry me the most. what do they want?
there are more. many more, little, subtle things, things that make me go :hmmm: if there's enough of them. i point them out.

and then there are trolls, completely different thing. they're here to sell an idea. usually a petty, mean-spirited idea.

as i've mentioned before, i'm just the guard dog. if i hear someone nosing around i give the alarm. i try hard not to give too many false positives. i neither have nor want the authority to do anything about them, that's someone elses' call. if admin or the mods ask me to stop, i will.
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Re: sure are a lot of spammers

#168 Post by shinzen » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:39 am

K9s wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:20 pm
Our own leaders are very much totalitarian. I hope people are figuring that out and it isn't too late for us.
Hey now. Just because Inquisitor rules with an iron fist.......
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#169 Post by lurker » Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:38 am

shinzen wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:39 am
K9s wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:20 pm
Our own leaders are very much totalitarian. I hope people are figuring that out and it isn't too late for us.
Hey now. Just because Inquisitor rules with an iron fist.......
revolution! power to the people! up against the wall, MF! :oops2: :wavecry:
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#170 Post by K9s » Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:25 pm

shinzen wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:39 am
K9s wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:20 pm
Our own leaders are very much totalitarian. I hope people are figuring that out and it isn't too late for us.
Hey now. Just because Inquisitor rules with an iron fist.......
It is a velvet glove. Much more benign. :)
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Re: sure are a lot of spammers

#171 Post by hondo2K0 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:35 pm

I think they just go after high traffic site and probably get paid by number of the klicks. That is one explanation, the other would be somebody is paying them to clog the traffic on the site. I could be just paranoid.

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#172 Post by lurker » Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:39 pm

i agree, i don't think they're trying to hurt lgc, just profit off of it.
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#173 Post by lurker » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:27 am

new member mytamhuyet? can't see his post.
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#174 Post by lurker » Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:03 am

new member FailsonLifecoach. not necessarily a spammer, no post. yeah, ok, most likely a failed spam attempt. which brings me to why i found this one interesting.
1: claims to be a "Lifecoach". what is this lifecoach thing, and how do i get a gig giving people with too much money advice on how to spend their time?
2: a lifecoach with the word "Fails"in the name. really, isn't this the height of irony?

i mean, my life hasn't exactly been exemplary so far, and i'm unlikely to redeem myself anytime soon, but the nerve of some people.
i get it, do as i say not as i do, looks pretty easy, but there are appearances to be kept up, and shhh!, what's that candy bar peeking out of my bag? "that's not candy, that's an energy bar"!

sometimes i get on a roll and i just can't stop until i get it all out. please accept my apologies. maybe i need a lifecoach.
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#175 Post by YankeeTarheel » Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:12 am

Maybe a "life coach" is an economy-class ambulance?
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