How to recognize a spambot

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Re: How to recognize a spambot

Post by pokechao » Sat Jun 13, 2009 9:22 am

[quote="Red Chao"]I reported 2 spambots the other day. how about we make fun of 'em? want to make 'em cry anyone?[/quote]Sounds fun.

Say, they should make a spambot hunting season!

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Re: How to recognize a spambot

Post by danni 04 » Sat Jun 13, 2009 10:33 am

i've seen a spambot before. i had no idea what it was though.i've only seen one once.

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Re: How to recognize a spambot

Post by Drouge » Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:59 pm

Updated the first post to be more accurate with the new Forum type.

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Re: How to recognize a spambot

Post by The Hyper Chao » Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:01 pm

There is also another way of reconizing them. If every single word is a random link to some advert site.

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Re: How to recognize a spambot

Post by Tails Doll » Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:02 am

I saw a spambotish account just now, except it was advertising purses. (Reported)
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Re: How to recognize a spambot

Post by CitrusCat » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:07 am

I saw a new user post in a topic. They seemed suspicious (it was kind of off-topic and on-topic at the same time. ._.), but I couldn't tell if it was a spambot or not. They haven't made any other posts so far. Let's keep an eye on users like that until we find out.
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Re: How to recognize a spambot

Post by Chaos the Light Chao » Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:36 pm

Posting in this because spambots have changed... and people are having trouble identifying the new breeds. Here's a few things to look for:

  • These "breeds" of spambots have seemingly ordinary names. Most of the time, the username includes a first and last name.
  • Still, they will almost always post in the wrong forum.
  • They advertise one of their products, though more camouflaged than before.
  • If you are unsure if something is a spambot, check their post count and their recent posts.
    • A spambot's first or second post will include spam.
    • If a spambot does not spam in all of its posts, its non-spamming posts will be: a. in the wrong forum (usually pretty confusing topics, too), or if it's a reply: b. very vague and could apply to many topics. Example of B would be: "I like the replies of this topic..." or "I see many good points being made..."

Example of a modern spambot: http://chao.hippotank.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=38343

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Re: How to recognize a spambot

Post by CitrusCat » Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:49 pm

^
OK, I encountered one like that. I didn't know it was a spambot at first due to being a new breed, so thanks for bringing that up.
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