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Sat Feb 22, 2020, 01:52 AM

is it suspicious if someone has been on DU for 3 weeks and has 1300 posts

I don't want to make any accusations so I won't say any names. But in the age of bots, trolls, Putin,
and hi-tech agent provocateurs, a little paranoia seems reasonable.

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Reply is it suspicious if someone has been on DU for 3 weeks and has 1300 posts (Original post)
jg10003 Feb 2020 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2020 #1
Liberal In Texas Feb 2020 #8
Flaleftist Feb 2020 #2
Rainbow Droid Feb 2020 #3
bobGandolf Feb 2020 #5
UniteFightBack Feb 2020 #7
Scotch-Irish Feb 2020 #10
hvn_nbr_2 Feb 2020 #20
Initech Feb 2020 #21
bobGandolf Feb 2020 #4
LastDemocratInSC Feb 2020 #6
nilram Feb 2020 #9
patricia92243 Feb 2020 #11
Tanuki Feb 2020 #12
Captain Stern Feb 2020 #13
Crunchy Frog Feb 2020 #14
padah513 Feb 2020 #16
xmas74 Feb 2020 #15
RandiFan1290 Feb 2020 #17
Tien1985 Feb 2020 #18
demmiblue Feb 2020 #19
Brainfodder Feb 2020 #22

Response to jg10003 (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 01:54 AM

1. If they are sitting at their computer posting constantly

because they don't have a life, I suppose it's possible, but 62 posts a day is pretty busy.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 02:32 AM

8. These are bots. Launched in one of the Russian military

sites. The hackers are professional Russian provocateurs. They can post way more than 62/day. Probably 62/min.

We are being attacked. Cyber warfare. Make no mistake.

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Response to jg10003 (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 01:55 AM

2. 61 posts a day does seem like a lot, but that doesn't mean bad intentions.

What this person is posting could be an indication.


For example, if they are posting in the primaries forum and bashing all of the candidates or if their posts appear to promote division or defeatism, that would certainly be suspicious.

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Response to jg10003 (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 02:00 AM

3. I think it's more suspicious that your OP was alerted within 10 minutes of being posted.

And how can it be a personal attack or flame when the post is directed at a pattern of behavior and not at a specific person? I personally think the alert system on DU is being abused a lot lately, but I'm not going to name any names or point out any groups that might be doing it, because in the age of bots, trolls, Putin, and hi-tech agent provocateurs, a little paranoia does indeed seem more than reasonable.

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Response to Rainbow Droid (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 02:08 AM

5. I try to stay away from this type post...

but the amount of posts does call out to be looked at.

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Response to Rainbow Droid (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 02:25 AM

7. +1000

 

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Response to Rainbow Droid (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 03:46 AM

10. You nailed it!

 

+1000

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Response to Rainbow Droid (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 01:30 PM

20. Alerts

I used to be on a jury maybe once a month. Now every single time I come to DU I'm on a jury almost immediately. And almost every time it's just somebody that doesn't like something somebody said. Or one participant in a pissing contest alerts on their pissing competitor.

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Response to hvn_nbr_2 (Reply #20)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 01:48 PM

21. I've been on way too many juries lately involving Bernie Sanders posts.

Something definitely does not pass the smell test.

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Response to jg10003 (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 02:02 AM

4. Wow, that is out of the ordinary...

to say the least. Sounds like more than one person is using the account....for a reason. I would check for similitaries on their posts.

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Response to jg10003 (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 02:22 AM

6. Geez, I've been here for 17 years and have fewer than 1000.

But, I have a busy life.

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Response to jg10003 (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 03:08 AM

9. Maybe they're obsessing. Or newly enthusiastic.

Or have a lot of time on their hands, like a character out of R.U.R.

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Response to jg10003 (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 05:03 AM

11. How did you find this info?

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Response to patricia92243 (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 05:40 AM

12. Click a person's user name, and then click "profile"

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Response to jg10003 (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 06:24 AM

13. Yes. n/t

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Response to jg10003 (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 06:33 AM

14. I'm still suspicious of a poster who racked up more than 3000 posts within a few weeks of joining.

And started in immediately with being extremely combative.

I've also seen pretty obvious trolls take up to a decade to finally get banned. I've seen posters who were later uncovered as trolls get themselves assigned as moderators, back on the old DU.

And you're right. Trolling is becoming much more organized and high tech. It makes sense to be wary.

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Response to Crunchy Frog (Reply #14)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 07:11 AM

16. I was thinking the same thing

I don't have a problem with them posting, but when every post is something negative against a candidate they don't support and nothing positive about the one they do, then I take issue.

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Response to jg10003 (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 06:58 AM

15. Depends.

When I first started here I had probably 1000 the first month but that was in the day of the epic Lounge Lizard posts. A couple of good old fashioned flame wars such as on kudzu, corn flakes, breastfeeding, Olive Garden or even Laura Branigan and it's easy to do.

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Response to jg10003 (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 07:22 AM

17. Happens a lot here

Also a bunch of zombie accounts. They were created years ago with no posts and suddenly spring to life.

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Response to jg10003 (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 10:13 AM

18. Yeah, I've been noticing this a lot lately.

Im concerned but also glad to see a lot of people seeing through it as well.

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Response to jg10003 (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 10:15 AM

19. Yes. n/t

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Response to jg10003 (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 01:52 PM

22. This is about CONTENT not quantity.

If they have enough mods, shouldn't be an issue?

Couple clicks to disable an account?



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