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Offline GamesPoet

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Re: Bots
« Reply #125 on: May 11, 2020, 03:00:51 PM »
Kigan Pi the schmuck bot needs to be booted.
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« Reply #126 on: May 11, 2020, 03:07:42 PM »
And ... JerodPub ...
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Re: Bots
« Reply #127 on: May 11, 2020, 03:08:38 PM »
as long as we're at it ... so to can go  Rogerineni.
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Re: Bots
« Reply #128 on: May 11, 2020, 03:17:32 PM »
And there is .... AldenBoxy ... to also be booted.
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Re: Bots
« Reply #129 on: May 18, 2020, 04:03:30 PM »
Link in RichardLab's signature to a Tiktok location. :icon_rolleyes:
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Re: Bots
« Reply #130 on: May 18, 2020, 05:33:39 PM »
Ad link in signature ... Arturoknoro
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Re: Bots
« Reply #131 on: June 02, 2020, 08:27:17 PM »
RayleneFlick has link in signature.
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« Reply #132 on: June 03, 2020, 05:46:50 PM »
Summerdolb has link in signature.
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Re: Bots
« Reply #133 on: June 06, 2020, 11:37:31 AM »
RaymondKerie has a link in signature.
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Re: Bots
« Reply #134 on: June 06, 2020, 11:48:03 AM »
RaymondKerie has a link in signature.

We get a lot of that - new registrations that never post.
Don't understand it - maybe they set up an account and then decide it's not worth posting as the demographics of any return are very poor.

I have been having a prune of zero post members every few months losing a few hundred at a time.
I will continue to do it that way as otherwise I would be deleting every visit several times a day.
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« Reply #135 on: June 06, 2020, 12:48:39 PM »
Makes sense. :icon_cool: :::cheers:::

Mr. Kerie had been here since Apr 27, and saw him on line this morning, so that seemed weird.  I am mostly checking the user names that I see logged onto the site, because those seem to end up being the trouble makers.  That's how I picked up on Mr. Kerie.
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Re: Bots
« Reply #136 on: September 08, 2020, 01:45:17 PM »
Quite definitely a bot: War1ren
http://warhammer-empire.com/theforum/index.php?action=profile;u=25846

Does someone have a rough idea how many bots have been deleted this year? Or how many messages they wrote?

I've been to a couple of forums where, after a while, every new memeber with zero posts got deleted. Is this the policy here also nowadays? I think it's generally a good policy.

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Re: Bots
« Reply #137 on: September 08, 2020, 02:00:49 PM »
How is it known if the username is definitely a bot?  Feel free to pm.

Typically removing usernames on a daily basis, and more than I care to count.  Occasionally catching them when they are posting, although the speed with which they are being deleted seems to be keeping the number of posts down.  Not the only effort being made.
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Re: Bots
« Reply #138 on: September 08, 2020, 02:37:56 PM »
Thank you for your hard work, GP!

How is it known it the username is definitely a bot?  Feel free to to pm.

I don't know, but I assume so. Also, it seems zero posters on the W-E site have been deleted up to March 2020. I don't know who did it, but it is clearly a consistent choice that as been done in a clean-sweeping manner. So I thought this was not a problem, but rather an existing policy.

Another forum I know has a banner that informs any new members to post within a couple of days, lest their account will be deleted. I think new members also get this info to their emails when joining. Of course it is technically possible that a bot finds it way in. And of course it is possible and even probable that a real person gets deleted once in a while. But giving the info up front makes the deal visible. I can't remember any bad feelings expressed on that other forum about having a previous account deleted. It also leads to discussion and comradeship, when everyone says at least hello and gives a little background for their hobby.

Assuming from the hundreds and even over a thousand monthly new members with zero posts on the W-E site, I think zero posts is a very good indicator of a bot. I assume 98 % or more of them are bots. From there, the working economy would lead to deletion of all zero posters in short notice.

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Further, why keep the banner with the WarRoom, Library, Workshop, Chat, Gallery, Wiki and Resources when they are not working? Apart from the Gallery, they have been defunct for years. Clearly, there's no-one able or willing to do anything about that. (I wouldn't know how.) I don't know when the Gallery was lost, or how permanent that loss is. IIRC, only UrsaDoom ever used it. Well, maybe a different discussion.  :-)

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Re: Bots
« Reply #139 on: September 08, 2020, 02:50:39 PM »
There is an effort to remove more of the zero posters, and it will continue over time.

As for the second item, suppose this will be reviewed or has been, and we'll see what happens.

Thank you for your concern. :icon_cool: :::cheers:::

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