by TerriL
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I've been reading through the threads for hours, and I keep noticing something weird...

Old posts from 2011, 2012, and 2013 seem to be the target of 1st time posters...

At least 5 older threads I read tonight have recently been posted to by different 1st time users, meaning it's their first post.

They are not necessarily spamming, just re-opening old threads with one line comments... WHY?

I was going to try a method I read, and looked at the date and noticed the thread was from 2011. Then, I noticed similar patterns with several threads are being reactivated by one liners from first time users... (is it just a coincidence?)

If not, what is the point of doing this, ANYONE?

Didn't want to open a new thread, but didn't know where else to ask, sorry.

Thanks a Bunch,

Terri
#curious
  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    It happens from time to time. It's always best to look at the date on the OP. I've spent 10 minutes writing a reply to a post only to realize it was three years old.
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    • Profile picture of the author TerriL
      Originally Posted by Brent Stangel View Post

      It happens from time to time. It's always best to look at the date on the OP. I've spent 10 minutes writing a reply to a post only to realize it was three years old.
      Exactly what happened, I was writing a response and noticed it was 3 year old thread. Then, as I started looking at the dates, it seemed to be happening a lot by new members and it was there 1st post.

      I understand an occasional bump happens... it just seemed like there was an unusual amount of 'bumped threads' by 1st time posters, and I didn't know if I should report it or not?

      Thanks for your replies.

      Terri

      edit: Just for the record, there were no links or signatures as they were 1st time users, so the search theory probably applies, more over that than spam. Thanks for clarifying.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    Originally Posted by TerriL View Post

    I've been reading through the threads for hours, and I keep noticing something weird...

    Old posts from 2011, 2012, and 2013 seem to be the target of 1st time posters...

    At least 5 older threads I read tonight have recently been posted to by different 1st time users, meaning it's their first post.

    They are not necessarily spamming, just re-opening old threads with one line comments... WHY?

    I was going to try a method I read, and looked at the date and noticed the thread was from 2011. Then, I noticed similar patterns with several threads are being reactivated by one liners from first time users... (is it just a coincidence?)

    If not, what is the point of doing this, ANYONE?

    Didn't want to open a new thread, but didn't know where else to ask, sorry.

    Thanks a Bunch,

    Terri
    Probably just doing a search, not really reading or paying attention, just posting for the post count.

    Quite often I will report the post

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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    Al's got a good chunk of it. More commonly, it's someone spamming links for their product, in which case you'll see the same topic resurrected in multiple threads. Slightly less common is the idiot link spammer who doesn't realize their posts will bump the thing to the front, where it will be noticed and get them nuked.

    If you see either of those patterns, please report the post with a note to that effect.

    If it's just someone bumping an old thread in what looks like "search and enquire" mode, report it, but please don't call it spam.


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    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Slightly less common is the idiot link spammer who doesn't realize their posts will bump the thing to the front, where it will be noticed and get them nuked.
      Not only are they foolish for doing that, the ones dropping links for SEO are doubly foolish because WF generates NO FOLLOW links for sigs.
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  • Profile picture of the author onSubie
    If it is a genuine question or comment then it probably was someone who found it with search, had a question and didn't know it was an old thread.

    Some threads have come and gone over time but continue to generate good discussion even if the OP is a year old or more.

    Non-comments or stupid things like 'SEO is always a powerful way to get targeted traffic' on a 2-year old thread from brand new accounts are probably people (or bots) creating a profile with a link in the signature. They are spamming forums with posts to get their signature backlink or affiliate link distributed to forums that are lazy on clean up.

    The WF doesn't allow signature links for new accounts which is why these posts often make no sense. And WF is also pretty good at deleting spam comments and threads.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Talking about 'Curious posting patterns,' maybe WF could be more proactive about people 'asking questions' about products which include the link to the product in the 'question' thread. This sucks up traffic courtesy of WF because WF threads about fairly rare search phrases end up quite high on SERPS. NOTE: this doesn't involve the poster having a sig.Just a question, the right words in the thread subject line and, of course, a non-affiliate link in the body. When you see these posts, do the community a favor and CLICK the REPORT LINK.

    I suppose posts that don't have a product name in the thread title and no link in the body and no link in the sig would be fine. Just a head's up.
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  • Profile picture of the author TerriL
    Here's another one that just shot to the top, and the poster is speaking in a language like this is not their first post???

    But, looking at her/his post count it states posts: 1 (under the users profile)

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...-please-3.html
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    Yep. Just gave a quick look through the front page. There's a pattern to it. Some loser with no life is using a bot to re-post excerpts from previous posts and dredge up a lot of old threads. Probably someone who was banned and thinks he has something to prove by showing us he can be destructive.

    Hell, any idiot with a 63 IQ and a pack of matches can be destructive. Nothing to brag about there...
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    • Profile picture of the author TerriL
      Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

      Yep. Just gave a quick look through the front page. There's a pattern to it. Some loser with no life is using a bot to re-post excerpts from previous posts and dredge up a lot of old threads. Probably someone who was banned and thinks he has something to prove by showing us he can be destructive.

      Hell, any idiot with a 63 IQ and a pack of matches can be destructive. Nothing to brag about there...
      OK... cool. At least I know I'm not completely crazy for posting this, as it seemed really suspicious!
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    Terri,

    Nope. You just spotted it before I did. Mike asked about it happening in the SEO section earlier, but I wrote that off to the usual link-spammers that hit the section. Silly me...


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