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12:06, 7 March 2013 Kotra (Talk | contribs) New reply created (Reply to Spam)
14:26, 5 March 2013 WikiMaster (Talk | contribs) New reply created (Reply to Spam)
13:51, 5 March 2013 Kotra (Talk | contribs) New reply created (Reply to Spam)
11:32, 3 March 2013 WikiMaster (Talk | contribs) New reply created (Reply to Spam)
01:03, 3 March 2013 Kotra (Talk | contribs) New reply created (Reply to Spam)
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19:29, 28 February 2013 Kotra (Talk | contribs) New thread created  

Hi Dave, I think you're probably right about the recent rash of new accounts. It is possible that a group of people created new accounts all together within minutes (like if they were in a meeting), but other reasons indicate to me that they are probably created by a single SEO spammer (creating links to his/her clients' websites). But before we smash them I think it might be prudent to send them a message, just in case. I'm the overcautious type, I know. I've gone ahead and done that. If we receive no message back within a few days, I think it's killin' time.

kotra (talk)19:29, 28 February 2013

Hey Kotra, I like what you've done. But I'm not sure we even have to delete the accounts unless they begin spamming. I'll continue checking recent changes at least a few times a day. Maybe you can check RC from time-to-time as well. In the meantime, we might conduct another search for a filter that can block automated account creation.

WikiMaster (talk)21:05, 28 February 2013

I think that if they are spam accounts, they've already accomplished the spam they set out for: the url in each of their profile pages. I think the idea is to have more outside links to their sites, for SEO purposes.

I'll try to check RC more. Thanks for the reminder.

kotra (talk)01:03, 3 March 2013

Kotra,

Interesting. I hadn't looked at the user pages they all created. Each with a link to a local business (except for Davisejonny, whose website link points to a business in Oakdale, NY). Even the businesses are roughly similar (home remodeling, landscaping, residential pest control, etc.).

At our next meeting, perhaps should look a little deeper and study IP addresses from whence these new accounts were created. Maybe a bunch of local business owners getting together and looking for free ways to seed various web pages with linkbacks to their websites?

WikiMaster (talk)11:32, 3 March 2013

"At our next meeting, perhaps should look a little deeper and study IP addresses from whence these new accounts were created."

Sounds good. This upcoming thurs sound good?

kotra (talk)13:51, 5 March 2013

Hey Kotra,

Yeah, Thursday @ 7:00 p.m. sounds good. I can even come out there if you wish since I now have a bus pass.

Maybe we can also look at modifying the Occupy Portland event template to include Twitter and Facebook buttons via the TwitterFBLike extension (which I installed yesterday). Here's an example of how I incorporated it into an upcoming event.

WikiMaster (talk)14:26, 5 March 2013