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The new LJ bot army

My last post drew interestingly non-specific replies from two new LJ users: fulviaituv and fotinasusid.

I've given them 12 hours to prove their humanity, and then plan to delete their comments. What I can't puzzle out - and what prompts my asking people now - is what the bots hope to achieve? I don't see any hidden links that would add Google juice, which used to be the goal.

(I originally wrote this as a reply to someone else's journal, when she got a similarly vague reply from portiearo, and then decided I wanted to post about it here.)

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fmsv
Nov. 1st, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
This confused me for a while, trying to figure out what the difference between "fulviaituv" and "fulviaituv" was. I finally figured it out after looking at your previous post.
alicebentley
Nov. 1st, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
Ooo, thanks, I'll go fix that.
ckd
Nov. 1st, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
My guess is that they're testing for unmonitored or barely monitored pages; the follow-on bots will search for those non-specific replies and know what pages to hit.
dd_b
Nov. 1st, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
That, and also possibly trying to build up a non-spam base so early spam activities will be seen as "from an established poster".

Or, maybe they're just really dumb; a possibility not to be overlooked!
billroper
Nov. 1st, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
It's a bot. It's part of some spamming effort, although it's hard to say what they'll gain from this particular trick.
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rono_60103
Nov. 1st, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
You're being very nice to the bots. The first one got deleted, marked as spam, and banned from my journal. The second one also got banned from the thread.
dave_ifversen
Nov. 1st, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
I, too, got a reply from fotinasusid on one of my entries (nobody else saw it because it was screened). Deleted, kill-filed, and banned forever.
johnridley
Nov. 2nd, 2011 12:12 pm (UTC)
I have yet to receive a single spam comment. I don't know if that's because I'm set to screen everything or what.
apostle_of_eris
Nov. 2nd, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
I have a very old post with the word "sexuality" in it which seems to get about one silly, irrelevant spam a month. It didn't start until the post was already very stale, and the rate hasn't increased.
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