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Why do we all of a sudden have spam threads?
#21
They are back.
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.


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#22
(05-15-2017, 05:44 PM)X_4AD_84 Wrote:
(05-15-2017, 05:32 PM)pbrower2a Wrote: They are back.

I also reported. I think it may be a bot, as 3 individual user names but all very similar in format came in. Not only the user name but other attributes for each user appeared to have been computer generated.

Hope it's not the ransomware.

Yeah, really.  The NSA's screwed  the pooch big time.  I wish Microsoft could sue their asses off. Let it be known that keeping exploits private and not contacting the vendor of said exploits should be criminal negligence. Cool
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#23
I also notice that most of the originators of those spam posts use the handles ?apedOZ, with the question marka substitute for a meaningless letter.
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#24
I had health issue that kept me away, nothing major but I wasn't able watch the site.
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#25
They are back again, and this time mostly about shoes.

...If I had a blog I would have a place for 'spam' threads. That place would be classified ads. If you want to hire the sorts of people who read my blog, then buy an ad offering employment. If you thought that my readers are the sorts who might want to buy camping gear or rent a camp site because I plug natural wonders, then buy a classified ad. If I discussed music in an enticing way, then maybe someone might plug his music-marketing service.

Would I have a problem? Maybe a technical one, and I could of course reject the ads that read "Russian ladies want American men as companions" or offer entry to a Ponzi scheme.

Honest people have no cause for shame in admitting how they make money. Newspapers have always thrived on subscriptions, advertising, and sale of legible supplements (like 100th anniversary editions on JFK).

Honest people have no problem in admitting how they make their money.
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#26
They're ba-a-a-a-ck!





They're ba-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ck!!!!
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#27
We have another spammer seeming to specialize in ghost-writing and school papers... he seems to be hijacking the Forum. He needs to be removed with extreme prejudice if this Forum is to be navigable.
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#28
And his IP blocked.
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#29
I was sick and away from the forum for a couple of days, I got rid of him.
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#30
Good riddance! He must have been a bot.
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#31
More spamming going on in the "Announcements" section, by a user called toilikkk, or whatever.
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#32
Dan, consider hiring someone for monitoring spam threads. It is out of control at the moment.
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#33
(12-21-2017, 01:46 PM)taramarie Wrote: Dan, consider hiring someone for monitoring spam threads. It is out of control at the moment.

We're a free service. I don't think that 'hiring' is in the cards. We need a volunteer.
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#34
(12-21-2017, 02:10 PM)David Horn Wrote:
(12-21-2017, 01:46 PM)taramarie Wrote: Dan, consider hiring someone for monitoring spam threads. It is out of control at the moment.

We're a free service. I don't think that 'hiring' is in the cards. We need a volunteer.

Yes hiring didn't mean paying. I never said that.
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#35
I noticed that a spam thread disappeared, just after I mentioned a guy posting in (what I think is) Russian.
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#36
The porn thread seems to have disappeared... good riddance.
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#37
Looks like we got another spammer-"selmakb3".
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#38
(07-05-2019, 11:48 AM)Tim Randal Walker Wrote: Looks like we got another spammer-"selmakb3".

Yes -- a pornographic link. I reported it for inappropriate content even if I did not have to press the link.
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#39
Why do we get so many porn spam here of late?
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#40
(07-05-2019, 05:39 PM)taramarie Wrote: Why do we get so many porn spam here of late?

Most are pushing something. Most spam is advertising, and advertising is forbidden in most chat areas. So let's suppose that the owner of the chat line is the Dallas Times-Herald (a defunct newspaper, but I do not give free advertising).  In a thread discussing educational reform in Texas someone introduces a veritable advertisement selling his used car. The  has classified ads, and it has a reasonable right to expect payment for placing ads selling such things as vehicles, real estate, boats, pets, livestock, etc. That is part of the way in which a newspaper makes money. Posting a job? Likewise.

Porn is more controversial. It draws attention. Unhealthy attention? Maybe, but some people need it to keep their sanity. On the other side, much hazard exists in porn due to the harm that happens to participants. Yes, it attracts people who have problems such as drug addiction, mental illness, social exclusion, and bad family life. Maybe it simply pays better than near-minimum-wage work in retail and food service, and life is not cheap in America. Still, the high suicide rate among participants is a warning sign.

Even worse is advertising for blatantly-illegal stuff. Fake documents, especially passports? Using a fraudulent college degree to advance one on the job is grounds for termination in many places. This could be a degree never earned or one from a suspect institution. One can pay money, write a "docktoral theesus", and get a doctorate (as if one were Noam Chomsky and wanted to be his intellectual equal) and have your name in a phone book as "Doctor Kent Hovind", whose doctorate from an unaccredited school in "Christian Education" allows him to present himself as an academic as he pushes young-earth creationism which is a sick joke in a real college. Except that he has been doing time in a federal prison for tax fraud or some other offense. His "docktoral theesus" is full of errors characteristic of someone at a middle-school level.

But getting fired is one thing. One did get to live a little better, and if one isn't caught before one retires one might get better pay and career advancement. Having a PhD is not going to make one a better car salesman. So what could be worse than losing a job for which one was never really qualified?

How about taking a fake US passport overseas and traveling to such a country as India. India is a functioning democracy, so you cannot get into trouble with a fake US passport, right, as in a dictatorial order such as China? Wrong! The best-known passport is a US passport, and if a customs official sees something suspicious,  that official is likely to refer you to the police. You could be grilled about such activities as drug dealing, human trafficking, espionage, or terrorism. India's security apparatus is modeled upon the Israeli Mossad. You will not get to visit the Taj Mahal, but you will get to experience the Indian legal system and penal system. The US will do nothing to help anyone with a fake US passport. I have seen two such offers.

OK, so what about seeing a pirated movie? No excuse. Sure, the movie studios are not the nicest people with which to deal, but they make big investments in the high-cost productions of new movies that you might want to watch. They must recover their investments and an adequate profit to stay in the business lest they go out of business and you get to watch some schlock feature produced with obsolete equipment by a bunch of people you never heard of in a garage in Lima, Ohio. Well, you have alternatives, like watching video disks for sale cheap at general merchandisers.  You might get a video that has passed its repeated run as a rental, but often that is a fine movie. So you can't spring $10 a head for Toy Story 4? Maybe you can play some kid video at a birthday party.

Video piracy is a crime, and it is likely in the near future that people will face civil and criminal charges for downloading content not legally available to them. So far, illegal distributors take the risk of prison time -- but people who buy the stuff could face serious fines and criminal sanctions. Don't risk it! Pay the price or do without.
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.


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