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wardrich
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:10 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

RetroDosGames wrote:
CPT Worm wrote:
http://youtu.be/3ishbTwXf1g?t=3m19s


Why is that post even here? Meh


It was in response to a comment earlier in this thread.
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:27 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Another spammer, registered as ElGeyem (I think I saw that one before)
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13180

Selling stuff so horrible, all the treehuggers cried out in rage...or something.
(I guess it was just a generic exasperation with spammers.)
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CPT Worm
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:14 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

RetroDosGames wrote:
CPT Worm wrote:
http://youtu.be/3ishbTwXf1g?t=3m19s


Why is that post even here? Meh

I'm like "Dirty" Harry Callahan, and spam posts are punks.
And I dealt with them.

I thought that was implied....
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CPT Worm
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:19 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Rwolf wrote:
Another spammer, registered as ElGeyem (I think I saw that one before)
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13180

Selling stuff so horrible, all the treehuggers cried out in rage...or something.
(I guess it was just a generic exasperation with spammers.)


https://youtu.be/Z9PBtnnPmLQ?t=47s
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tienkhoanguyen
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:39 am     Post subject: God, Cheese-its & Rice, is number one!hehe Reply with quote

Cheese-its & Rice!hehe

O-well, I think you just ruined my mother's sleep hehe

She was sleeping peacefully then the ice shatterred sound came on

O-well, probably made her happy.

She is used to me being a boring person.

She now probably thinks I watch porno hehe
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Wally
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:16 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

SPAM
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:51 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Another copy-paste bot, calling itself 'Draco02'.
It's signature has been used before: 'DaRe DaViL', not sure if the name was the same.

http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13206

copy from dogbreath's last post in this thread:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=216&highlight=checked+few+looks+pretty+awesome+methinks

paste in this necro:ed thread:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=241

Status: Spam post deleted.
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MrFlibble
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:47 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Rwolf wrote:
copy from dogbreath's last post in this thread:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=216&highlight=checked+few+looks+pretty+awesome+methinks

BTW Rwolf, you can link to individual posts in threads. There's a small icon in the header that looks like a white page (orange if the message is tagged as unread), and the text "Posted: <date>" is right next to it. This icon is actually the link to the post. You can right-click it and copy the link, then paste it here.
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:50 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Aha, thanks - always something new to learn!
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RetroDosGames
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:19 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

SpawnMax is not a bot, but somewhat dubios....
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/search.php?search_author=SpawnMax

Another bot post:
http://dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20232
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MrFlibble
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 1:34 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

RetroDosGames wrote:
Another bot post:
http://dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20232

This guy is advertising some MMORPG (I think). The admins should decide if this should be removed or not (game-related links are tolerated to an extent).
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RetroDosGames
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:45 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

MrFlibble wrote:
RetroDosGames wrote:
Another bot post:
http://dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20232

This guy is advertising some MMORPG (I think). The admins should decide if this should be removed or not (game-related links are tolerated to an extent).


It's a error 404 Angry
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:55 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems they have another server now, I added a post about that to the thread.
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MrFlibble
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:33 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Two bots:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13210
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13209

Both made posts which are now deleted, but also have links in profile.
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CPT Worm
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:15 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

MrFlibble wrote:
Two bots:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13210
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13209

Both made posts which are now deleted, but also have links in profile.


Took care of it. ...WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE.
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:48 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

A copy-paste bot, registered as 'Babblu', with a signature 'FSL':
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13209

copy a paragraph from 'nickherc':s post:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=121390#121390

paste to:
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=124851#124851

Status: Spam post deleted.
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:37 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Nonsense-text spam, with links embedded posted by registered bot 'fifajuly111'

http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13210

http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=124864#124864
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:44 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Two similarly named spam-bots registered to post the same spam message in two threads.

'pasban66'
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13212
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=124865#124865

'pasban729'
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13213
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=124866#124866

Status: Spam posts deleted.

Both are using a string 'FARASAT' as a sig.
I wonder if those signatures are something relevant to tracking them?
Both Pasban & Farasat seems to be names/words common on Pakistani websites.
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Rwolf
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:11 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Another spam bot, registered as 'jesba', considerately posting in the off-topic forum.

http://www.dosgames.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=13211
http://www.dosgames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=124870#124870

Status: Spam post deleted.
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MrFlibble
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 3:04 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Rwolf wrote:
I wonder if those signatures are something relevant to tracking them?
Both Pasban & Farasat seems to be names/words common on Pakistani websites.

I think that whatever bots leave in as their signature are just placeholders.

Their strategy (judging by the few ones which got under the radar before) is to post some random stuff, and after a while edit their profile and posts, adding links to their profile page and signature.

The trick is that at least some forum engines do not retroactively add a signature to old posts if a user started without anything in their signature. Signature content only gets updated in those posts which already have it. So it makes sense to put something into the signature and then replace it with links after a while.
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