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Massive spamming by John Ryskamp

  1. Jan 8, 2005 #1

    arildno

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    This new PF member has posted no less than 15 identical posts throughout PF.
    I've never seen anything like it.
     
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  3. Jan 8, 2005 #2

    selfAdjoint

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    Including the tactic of resurrecting old threads to tack his screed at the end of them. He sure loves his own prose.
     
  4. Jan 8, 2005 #3

    Math Is Hard

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    Is he done now? I hope.
     
  5. Jan 9, 2005 #4

    loseyourname

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    He isn't the first. I can remember this being done at least two other times (not in 15 different threads, though, I must admit).
     
  6. Jan 9, 2005 #5
    he is online right now...

    marlon
     
  7. Jan 9, 2005 #6

    Kerrie

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    we are well aware of the situation, and are dealing with the posts as they need to be.
     
  8. Jan 10, 2005 #7

    arildno

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    I never doubted that either you or the other mentors at PF would find a best course of action, since every mentor at PF has consistently exercised such a good judgment at earlier times.

    However, I found a total of 15 identical posts to be rather remarkable; hopefully, such a "record" will never be set again.
     
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  9. Jan 10, 2005 #8

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    15 identical posts is really not much at all. We've had gangs of spammers from other sites perform coordinated attacks against us, posting dozens of times a minute. We can usually lock them down pretty quickly. Besides, it only takes a few clicks to delete a user, along with every post that user has ever posted. It's really hard work for the spammers, but it's hardly a difficult task for this forum's management. Don't worry. :wink:

    - Warren
     
  10. Jan 11, 2005 #9

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    You're not kidding, right ?
    What on Earth does this achieve ? :confused:
     
  11. Jan 11, 2005 #10

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    About the same benefit as spraypainting grafitti on walls, except these are much easier to clean up...
     
  12. Jan 12, 2005 #11
    Yes, there are sites dedicated to trolls. They get a list of sites to attack and coordinate. Trolling is a hobby for some people who think that it is fun.

    When there were only 3 posts, I thought that he was just excited with himself and very eagerly wanted feedback. More exposure = more possibility of feedback. But now that I've heard he went to 15, I think he's just a pure troll.

    Just out of curiosity, does management block an ip range of the user? That's a waste of time, if so, because they're probably using proxies. And if not, then they can just re-register under a new name with a new email account. That is unless you black-listed hotmail, yahoo, and all free email servers.
     
  13. Jan 12, 2005 #12

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    Makes me sort of miss the good old days when gangs roamed the streets wearing colored bandanas, carrying knives, and spraypainting bridges and train stations. :rolleyes: Nerds shouldn't be allowed in gangs.
     
  14. Jan 12, 2005 #13

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    Nerd gangs. :rofl:
     
  15. Jan 13, 2005 #14

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    Revenge of the Nerds? The A-Bomb.
     
  16. Jan 13, 2005 #15
    haha nerd gangs, very true as it is sad
     
  17. Jan 16, 2005 #16
    Quantum NInja = 1337 nerd gang
     
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