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JK
Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 07:43 pm:   

I'll assume someone is looking into how this casino person/people is spamming the discussion board.
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Edwin
Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 08:44 pm:   

Not a person -- a bot. Trolls the web looking for a particular type of GB script and goes to town...
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, November 15, 2004 - 07:34 am:   

But someone had to make the bot. They don't create themselves.

JK
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JV
Posted on Monday, November 15, 2004 - 07:46 am:   

I believe Jason W. is looking into it.

JeffV
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, November 15, 2004 - 08:09 am:   

I cleaned out my topic but it really is a pain. Don't know if I could have done a universal deletion but I just did it manually.
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, November 15, 2004 - 10:26 am:   

Let it be duly noted that I was not making any comment about our hosts, rather commenting on how irritating it was to come to the site and find lots of 'new' messages.

And can I feel put out that I was not spammed? :-)

JK
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Jason Williams
Posted on Monday, November 15, 2004 - 03:57 pm:   

I'm working on clearing them out, but there's several hundred and it's taking me a while.

And no, there isn't a way to do a universal deletion. Grumble.
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Bob Urell
Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 02:43 am:   

Huzzah! If I'd known it would be a painful, manual process, Jason, I'd have offered my services. I'd have taken a perverse joy in nuking each of that fucker's posts.
But I'm weird, I hear.
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Neal Stanifer
Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 08:13 am:   

What floors me is that someone, somewhere, is paying assholes like this to build and run these bots. And they're doing it under the assumption that this kind of electronic tagging is going to increase their revenue. Like we're all going to look at the shit all over our message space and say, "Oh, yeah, I completely forgot I could gamble away my kids' college money online. What the hell am I doing on a message board when I could be getting ripped off and burned down?"
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Nicholas Liu
Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 08:31 am:   

My understanding is that the aim is not eyeballs but PageRank.
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Neal Stanifer
Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 08:34 am:   

That would make more sense, Nicholas. I wonder how much longer we have until Googling something produces several pages worth of commercial dross and porn before we get to what we really wanted to find.
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gary gibson
Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 08:40 am:   

There was a piece in boing boing, which linked to an article concerning how much money spammers and the like can actually rake in.

excerpt: "Relatively few people actually responded to Jaynes' pitches. In a typical month, prosecutors said during the trial, Jaynes might receive 10,000 to 17,000 credit card orders, thus making money on perhaps only one of every 30,000 e-mails he sent out.
But he earned $40 a pop, and the undertaking was so vast that Jaynes could still pull in $400,000 to $750,000 a month, while spending perhaps $50,000 on bandwidth and other overhead, McGuire said."

The link address is http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/INSIDE_SPAMMING?SITE=FLTAM&SECTION=HOME&T EMPLATE=customwire.htm
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Simon Owens
Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 10:43 am:   

They were attacking Lit Haven's comment threads for awhile, but we just set it so that any post that had the words "casino" or "poker" within it was automatically screened first by the admin. before it could be posted, so we were able to block them all.

http://www.lithaven.com
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AnnaT
Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 01:27 pm:   

Thanks, Jason, for all your hard work cleaning up this mess.
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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - 10:31 pm:   

Hey, Jason, what can I do to clear them out of mine? I don't have admin rights or I'd happily do it myself.

-Marc Laidlaw
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Jason Williams
Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - 11:34 pm:   

Marc,

I already cleaned yours, but I'd be happy to give you an admin account. Email me for details.

Jason
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MarcL
Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 01:38 pm:   

There are a few still in there, they just don't have the word casino in them. I'll email you. Thanks.

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