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Old 12-08-2023, 06:31 AM   #1
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Alassë Estel has just left Hobbiton.
I Do Believe We've Been Invaded

It seems there is an attack of bots.
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Old 12-08-2023, 08:42 AM   #2
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Galadriel55 is lost in the dark paths of Moria.Galadriel55 is lost in the dark paths of Moria.Galadriel55 is lost in the dark paths of Moria.Galadriel55 is lost in the dark paths of Moria.
Ah, I remember these feoul creatures. They would come in my youth, and raid our forum where the defenses were weak...

ETA: holy cow, they made over a page of spam threads on N&N and Mirth? That's prolific. That's bot talent...
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Old 12-08-2023, 03:56 PM   #3
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Alassë Estel has just left Hobbiton.
It seems they've returned in force, and with newfound vigour.

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Old 12-08-2023, 04:16 PM   #4
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Galadriel55 is lost in the dark paths of Moria.Galadriel55 is lost in the dark paths of Moria.Galadriel55 is lost in the dark paths of Moria.Galadriel55 is lost in the dark paths of Moria.
Thankfully it looks like the mighty Mithadan and fellow admins prevailed, and the forum has been scoured of this spam-filth. All hail the great defenders of the Downs!
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Old 12-09-2023, 06:08 AM   #5
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Indeed. The devious foes have been vanquished by the valour of our guardians!
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Old 12-09-2023, 09:21 AM   #6
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Much credit belongs to Estelyn and others, who did most of the pruning. Thanks to all.
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Old 12-09-2023, 10:04 AM   #7
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Bęthberry is wading through snowdrifts on Redhorn.Bęthberry is wading through snowdrifts on Redhorn.Bęthberry is wading through snowdrifts on Redhorn.Bęthberry is wading through snowdrifts on Redhorn.
I would rep you for your speedy and heroic efforts, Mithadan, but I am told that I have to spread the rep around to others before I can do so.

I was able to rep Estelyn and mormegil.
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Old 12-16-2023, 04:58 PM   #8
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It's nice to be a part of a legacy Middle Earth forum that hasn't been abandoned to the AI spambots Well done killing them off.
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Old 03-07-2024, 03:12 AM   #9
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I value that you wrote this great post for us. I promise that this will be good for most people mapquest driving directions
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Old 03-07-2024, 05:09 AM   #10
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Galadriel55 is lost in the dark paths of Moria.Galadriel55 is lost in the dark paths of Moria.Galadriel55 is lost in the dark paths of Moria.Galadriel55 is lost in the dark paths of Moria.
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I value that you wrote this great post for us. I promise that this will be good for most people mapquest driving directions
This has got to be the most ironic choice of thread for this post.
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Old 03-07-2024, 06:35 AM   #11
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Quite so.
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Old 03-07-2024, 11:52 AM   #12
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This has got to be the most ironic choice of thread for this post.
That lefthand turn direction into the Dead Marshes was regrettable.
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Old 05-15-2024, 02:58 AM   #13
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The parade of Socratic bots continues; WCH has attracted two in a row to say "Oh yes, [Insert User Here], you are so wise." My assumption is that they're powered by current-generation 'AI' chatbots.

I've mostly been ignoring the ones that don't drop links, but is it worth reporting them on sight? They seem to mostly make one or two posts, but it's occurred to me they might be waiting to reach a critical mass and then spam the forum massively. (The other option is that they try to spam right away, but the one-post-per-minute block catches them.)

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Old 05-20-2024, 01:18 PM   #14
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I've mostly been ignoring the ones that don't drop links, but is it worth reporting them on sight? They seem to mostly make one or two posts, but it's occurred to me they might be waiting to reach a critical mass and then spam the forum massively. (The other option is that they try to spam right away, but the one-post-per-minute block catches them.)
I've been wondering the same thing. They're kinda harmless bots, they don't appear to advertise or openly subvert anything, but they are bots nonetheless. Should we be reporting these posts?
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Old 05-20-2024, 08:58 PM   #15
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We are aware of them. Those posts that have links embedded get deleted. I find the mindless (no pun intended) posts wearisome but harmless. It is the sheer number of scrapers that bothers me. I used to be amused at the number of “guests” but now recognize that they affect the website’s resources (familiar word)?
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Old 05-22-2024, 08:17 AM   #16
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It is the sheer number of scrapers that bothers me. I used to be amused at the number of “guests” but now recognize that they affect the website’s resources (familiar word)?
Ahhh, so that's the reason.
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