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2,033 3,660 September 6, 2017 at 02:17 AM
Why has there been such an influx of (seemingly) bot accounts posting throughout SD threads lately? I'm seeing a ton of brand new members posting low quality, weirdly worded posts, with weird punctuation. Things like:

Nice style ...I like it
Great deal .
So nice !

And so on. I've even seen posts where they straight copy and pasted reviews from the Amazon product page. Is anything being done to combat this?

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Hello, please mod alert these when possible. Thanks Smilie
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N@t sure I have seeen what ur talking -about? I love all theses NEW,, supergreat deals!
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Quote from Chewpers
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Why has there been such an influx of (seemingly) bot accounts posting throughout SD threads lately? I'm seeing a ton of brand new members posting low quality, weirdly worded posts, with weird punctuation. Things like:

Nice style ...I like it
Great deal .
So nice !

And so on. I've even seen posts where they straight copy and pasted reviews from the Amazon product page. Is anything being done to combat this?
They're shill accounts. Interestingly, they seem to be far more common on the SD-sponsored merchant deals (Tanga, Xtreme Guard, etc.).
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They're shill accounts. Interestingly, they seem to be far more common on the SD-sponsored merchant deals (Tanga, Xtreme Guard, etc.).
Yeah, I get that, and do see them in those kind of threads regularly. They're creating a bunch of dummy accounts, getting post counts up, and then group thumbs upping posted deals to get them more visible, to popular status, etc. It just seems like it's happening in most of the big threads nowadays.
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How do we know it isn't SD selling out? New members' posts gets moderated, so how is it that these bots are able to post on the forums without SD's consent?
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Quote from ManUpOrShutUp
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They're shill accounts. Interestingly, they seem to be far more common on the SD-sponsored merchant deals (Tanga, Xtreme Guard, etc.).
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Yeah, I get that, and do see them in those kind of threads regularly. They're creating a bunch of dummy accounts, getting post counts up, and then group thumbs upping posted deals to get them more visible, to popular status, etc. It just seems like it's happening in most of the big threads nowadays.

It does seem like some may think they are ingratiating themselves if they "grace" threads posted by staff or DEs but we don't approve of the behavior and do ban and remove votes if shill accounts in those threads when shills are found.
Keep in mind we don't see all posts and do rely on members MAing when they suspect suspicious behavior.
And not all "odd" posts are shills. Some people just don't have English as a first language and/or some people are just awkward..


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How do we know it isn't SD selling out? New members' posts gets moderated, so how is it that these bots are able to post on the forums without SD's consent?
Not "all" new member posts are moderated, we wouldn't have the manpower and time to do that.
So again, please use the MA system, thanks Smilie
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