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100!?!



Joined: 28 Dec 2010
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:56 am    Post subject: Member count? Reply with quote

Is the member count on the bottom of the index accurate?
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kap
Minister of Paranoia
Minister of Paranoia


Joined: 28 Aug 2003
Posts: 2094
Location: I hate you.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why?
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Xkeeper



Joined: 04 Nov 2005
Posts: 326
Location: Henderson, NV

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone registered just to say this?..

Probably; I know it's been pretty high for quite some time now.
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Evan



Joined: 17 Mar 2004
Posts: 947

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Come on guys, obvious spambot is obvious.
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Xkeeper



Joined: 04 Nov 2005
Posts: 326
Location: Henderson, NV

PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evan wrote:
Come on guys, obvious spambot is obvious.


I don't think this is a spambot, though. That's the thing.
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kap
Minister of Paranoia
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Joined: 28 Aug 2003
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Location: I hate you.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Xkeeper wrote:
Evan wrote:
Come on guys, obvious spambot is obvious.


I don't think this is a spambot, though. That's the thing.


Me neither, they tend to say stupider things. Hell, I dunno.

Yeah, stupider.
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KingMike



Joined: 04 Nov 2003
Posts: 865

PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounded like a dumb enough comment for my spambot-sense.
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gilbert cheung



Joined: 25 Nov 2010
Posts: 30
Location: Hong Kong

PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think if it was a real person, (s)he just spotted the member count was 1001 (seeing that the count became 1002 after (s)he registered and posted), mistaken it as just 100!, thought it was unusual and decided to take the time to register for an account and start this (in fact it made me hop through hoops to be able to successfully register here... well... not actually what happened, but close). The odd thing is, this person probably mistaken the name field as information for the thread (like the subject field) and just put in "100!" there.

Anyway, it can be just a spambot. We're not sure about it until (s)he makes more posts or the post above is altered to have some link added though.
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Evan



Joined: 17 Mar 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I administer enough message boards to note the behavior of bots. They have got better over time to hide their methods. Essentially, they sign up, make some sort of obscure, but not necessarily spammy subject. Then after a few weeks, they will add links to their profile, which will increase the Google search rank of their sites.
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