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How do we get carpet-bombed by Indian astrologers?


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#1 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 05:03 PM

Anyone know? While most of the forum, being in the Northern hemisphere, were asleep, these adverts from an Indian astrologer kept popping up faster than I could report them. Is it just a machine (a piece of software) that somehow joins forums and posts the adverts? Or are there poor, desparate folk in India that do this advertising for a living?
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#2 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 05:18 PM

Probably someone who doesn't know better.


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#3 Tim Tyler

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 05:26 PM

I appreciate it when you report the spammers. Thank you.


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#4 Sabyasachi Patra

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 03:07 AM

Well I too am a poor guy from India, who reported this spamming by clicking on the report button. I guess the bots are becoming intelligent to bypass the forum security procedure. 

 

Anyone know? While most of the forum, being in the Northern hemisphere, were asleep, these adverts from an Indian astrologer kept popping up faster than I could report them. Is it just a machine (a piece of software) that somehow joins forums and posts the adverts? Or are there poor, desparate folk in India that do this advertising for a living?


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#5 Keith Walters

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 08:03 AM

It's  more like Amazon's "Mechanical Turk" system; most of it is automated, but there's one human there whose only job is to interpret Capcha type codes.

Basically all they see are the Capchas, the rest is entirely automatic.

 

Haven't you ever been suspicious of the improbably accurate speech recognition systems that some automated switchboards seem to have?

That's because you're actually talking to a real operator, but they only talk back to you via a speech synthesizer. That way people are forced to "cut to the chase" instead of waffling endlessly around the point.


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#6 John E Clark

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 10:41 PM

Is the 'report' function new? Some how I missed it when a bunch of posts on 'poker playing' came up a month or so ago.


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#7 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 12:29 AM

I think it's been there for a while.  I'm surprised someone hasn't reported you,  for your obstinate avoidance of signing on with your real name.


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