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Another Slashdot record is smashed

fustakrakich (1673220) writes | about a year ago

User Journal 2

Over 1400 bot posts in the journal section in 24 hours. I'm convinced they're intentionally letting this happen, but I don't know the reason yet. Maybe they're looking for an excuse to start deleting user posts and journals, as opposed to making a feeble effort to make sure there is a human behind every account. So, for now, the only way to filter out the spam is to friend people that aren't spamming.

Over 1400 bot posts in the journal section in 24 hours. I'm convinced they're intentionally letting this happen, but I don't know the reason yet. Maybe they're looking for an excuse to start deleting user posts and journals, as opposed to making a feeble effort to make sure there is a human behind every account. So, for now, the only way to filter out the spam is to friend people that aren't spamming.

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Is there much of a future for this site? (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#43943017)

You can write more than a Tweet, but it pretty much sucks otherwise.
Maybe the flame wars are better here.

Benefit of the Doubt (1)

cffrost (885375) | about a year ago | (#43944451)

Slashdot has a long tradition of minimal interference, particularly in the form of anti-censorship. I can sympathize with (and support) their reluctance to make changes to those long-standing policies.

As far as journal entries: I'm only notified about JEs made by those on my Friends list; perhaps Slashdot's admins assume that this is the method by which most users participate in journal discussions. (Recall that I once asked you how you could even know the what the volume of JE spam was; I had no idea it was even occurring.)

Another thing I think is worth noting is that registration has been increasing at a greater-than linear rate, while comment-count/participation has not [data acquired by time-lapse eyeballing] — I hypothesize that over time, an increasing percentage of new registrants are bots, government agents/contractors, sock puppets, shills, and hucksters.

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