Just happened to glance at the sidebar and saw another spam session on the side bar. One or two users just start spamming the heck out of threads usually with random advice. Happens frequently enough but this time I decided to give each account a closer look.
Thought I’d give it a closer look this time at these two profiles and besides the near identical numbers across all the categories a few things that stood out are the boxed numbers
- The join dates are identical.
- Their created post counts are identical.
- They post almost as much as the threads they view. 83% for ON and 86% for KR, which explains the randomness and head scratching responses to the conversations/topics.
The last part is significant because a study of their most recent posts clearly show they don’t reply more than once in the same thread. Which means that the the likelihood they have one post/topic is a highly likely trait throughout their membership span.
Plus these two accounts also appear to post on the same dates with near identical posts counts/day when studying a sample for the months of August and September.
highlighted text where counts don’t match
This isn’t the first time I’ve noticed this behavior. It happens so frequently I personally find it annoying because it devalues the content of the sidebar knowing these bots are posting irrelevant BS and drowning out relevant conversations.
If I could mine/scrape the data against these two user IDs I’d be able to infer a lot more observations. This is just basic stuff from just a profile look over.