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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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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.
Nov. 1st, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
Ooo, thanks, I'll go fix that.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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