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Can 10,000 spambots be wrong?

 
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brian-hansen
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:13 am    Post subject: Can 10,000 spambots be wrong? Reply with quote

You-Read-It-Here-First has crossed a kind of threshold that is worth
noting: we now have over 10,000 members on this forum!

Now, I recognize that most of these "members" are automated systems
with made-up names. Why they want to be members here, I can
hardly guess. In the early days of YRIHF, we got many postings of
an inappropriate nature. Electronic countermeasures have reduced
this problem considerably, though blatant spam still appears almost
daily. If you find embarrassing or inappropriate content, we apologize
and want you to know that we remove it as soon as is practical.

Meanwhile, judging from our member list, there are quite a few
visitors with what seems a genuine interest in one or more topics
posted here. If you are one of these individuals, I invite you to
take a more active role. If you've got a new idea, or have found
important information that has not made it into wide circulation,
YRIHF may be a good place to post. If it is an original idea or
turn of phrase, no external links or references may be needed,
or even possible. If you are posting to make people aware of
relatively obscure information on other websites, a link would be
appropriate and welcome.
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brian-hansen
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, if 10,000 spambots were only X% wrong,
then 20,000 should only be X/2% wrong, right?
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We hit 30,000 and higher before we added safeguards
against spambots registering. At the height of the attacks,
we were getting 100 spambot registrations a day.

After the "flattery" wore off, we've purged our memberlist
of about 80% of members. We could purge more, no doubt.
It is likely that 80+% of remaining members are fictional, intended
only to increase some search engine rankings.

The process of purging our list is heuristic, manual, and
prone to overdeletion. If you find (as a real person with
actual interest in this site) that your registration has been
deleted, we invite you to re-register, and we apologize
for any inconvenience.

-the mgmt
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

During a momentary increase in our capacity for tedium, we have deleted an additional 2800 registrations, instances that seemed (by our heuristic standards) to be illegitimate.

Chances are, of the remaining 1700 members, 50-90% are still bogus. Still, I feel better.
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