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AnneMarble
01-14-2007, 10:02 AM
If we were to hypothetically ;) get a questionable PM, would be forward this hypothetical PM to MacAllister? Or to someone else as well?

By the way, I deleted the picture in this hypothetical PM so that I wouldn't freak out MacAllister (hypothetically speaking). But I can forward the hypothetical original if so desired.

I'm wondering whether particular people were targeted (by this hypothetical event) or if this was just sent to random people. Anyone else get a surprise in their inbox, hypothetically speaking? Something sent from an "esteemed" new member? Something that made you go...
:Jaw:

benbradley
01-14-2007, 10:04 AM
I got it, there were at least five posts to forums with the same thing, all from jennifersworld, looks like they're delete now.

benbradley
01-14-2007, 10:08 AM
And about who got the PM's, I'm guessing they were sent to people online as listed in "what's going on"/Currently Active Users: 398 (63 members and 335 guests) near the bottom of the main page:
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/index.php

Perhaps this system needs a "delete user and block IP" option in the Report screen. Also, one might put newly registered posters on "moderate" so their posts don't show up until/unless they're approved by a moderator. And yes, I know, it's more code to to write to do these features...

AnneMarble
01-14-2007, 10:14 AM
And about who got the PM's, I'm guessing they were sent to people online as listed in "what's going on"/Currently Active Users: 398 (63 members and 335 guests) near the bottom of the main page:
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/index.php

That's what I get for having a name that starts with the letter A. ;)

Edited to add: Whoops, it's not in alphabetical order, is it? :D

Dawno
01-14-2007, 10:24 AM
Anne, any Supermoderator or Admin can ban users who send stuff like that. Birol went and deleted all the threads she could find and banned the perv..uh, perp.

Nothing we can do about the PMs that were sent. I didn't get one but I did have the misfortune to follow one of the links. I am going to go watch some Disney movies now. And drink a couple ounces of Irish Mist.

Rolling Thunder
01-14-2007, 10:27 AM
I didn't get one but I did have the misfortune to follow one of the links. I am going to go watch some Disney movies now. And drink a couple ounces of Irish Mist.

Want the one I got? :D

MMcC
01-14-2007, 10:29 AM
<--- wants some hypothetical action.

(just kidding)

AnneMarble
01-14-2007, 10:36 AM
Anne, any Supermoderator or Admin can ban users who send stuff like that. Birol went and deleted all the threads she could find and banned the perv..uh, perp.
:hooray:


Nothing we can do about the PMs that were sent. I didn't get one but I did have the misfortune to follow one of the links. I am going to go watch some Disney movies now. And drink a couple ounces of Irish Mist.
Or watch an Orlando Bloom movie? :D

Birol
01-14-2007, 10:38 AM
Anne, if you could please delete that PM, it would be appreciated. On top of having the threads linked in the hypothetically non-existent mod room, someone also forwarded a PM to me already.

Thanks.

Dawno
01-14-2007, 10:41 AM
Want the one I got? :D NO!


Or watch an Orlando Bloom movie? :DNah, I think the life of a cartoon deer is about all the macho I can stand right now.

AnneMarble
01-14-2007, 10:52 AM
Anne, if you could please delete that PM, it would be appreciated. On top of having the threads linked in the hypothetically non-existent mod room, someone also forwarded a PM to me already.

Thanks.
OK, he's gone.
:hooray:

MacAllister
01-14-2007, 11:01 AM
I'm going to go and poke around. I actually may be able to mass-delete the PMs it sent.

pink lily
01-14-2007, 11:09 AM
I'm active in another forum, where spam or offensive PMs are dealt with by the Admins. Usually, the spammer/offender is banned.

It's one thing to send a PM, it's another thing to use the PM system for spam or harassment.

Birol
01-14-2007, 11:15 AM
The offender was banned. We're just not certain if when can get the PMs that were sent back before they're opened, especially by the underaged.

MacAllister
01-14-2007, 11:16 AM
Oh the user is already banned. I was just trying to figure out if I could spare anyone who got a PM they haven't opened yet from the, um, experience.

Birol
01-14-2007, 11:17 AM
Mac, if it would help, I can forward you the PM that was forwarded to me. You know, there might be a code or something in there you could use to retrieve it.

pink lily
01-14-2007, 11:18 AM
Ohh, the PM spammer/offender was banned. That's what I get for replying to threads after bedtime.

Nice to know that AW doesn't tolerate nonsense via PM.

PeeDee
01-14-2007, 11:56 AM
It was very interesting to get spam in my PM box, though. I've never, ever had that happen before. That was really new. We see a fair amount of spam appear in the forums themselves, I wonder if we'll start seeing more spam appear in the PMs now. Sounds like someone's written a new macro...

Birol
01-14-2007, 12:40 PM
It's happened before, Pete. And, yes, it will happen again.

broughcut
01-14-2007, 01:05 PM
did you get that hello message a week or so ago from the Israeli 'progamming team'? That script registered with and posted the same message to 30,000+ php boards on New Year's day... How do they do that and beat image verification?

PeeDee
01-14-2007, 08:04 PM
Hm. I didn't get that. These things must just happen when I'm not around.

LloydBrown
01-14-2007, 08:06 PM
I got it. I didn't want it.

Dawno
01-14-2007, 11:22 PM
did you get that hello message a week or so ago from the Israeli 'progamming team'? That script registered with and posted the same message to 30,000+ php boards on New Year's day... How do they do that and beat image verification?

They outsource. There are companies that hire employees to register on forums or type in the verification blocks on blogs and post spam messages. If the hourly wage is $.02 you can get a lot of spam out at a low cost.

pink lily
01-14-2007, 11:31 PM
They outsource. There are companies that hire employees to register on forums or type in the verification blocks on blogs and post spam messages. If the hourly wage is $.02 you can get a lot of spam out at a low cost.
They advertise on Craigslist for "data entry, work from home" "jobs." I answered one such ad, thinking I'd be entering orders, but the job description said that the work involved joining free forums to post "messages." You get paid per reply. I wrote back, saying, "you're hiring people to be spammers?" Ugh.

benbradley
01-14-2007, 11:55 PM
did you get that hello message a week or so ago from the Israeli 'progamming team'? That script registered with and posted the same message to 30,000+ php boards on New Year's day... How do they do that and beat image verification?

I didn't get that one but I've read of one way how this is done. Those who do this also "just happen" to run a free porn website. The verification image is copied and sent to the computer of someone requesting free porn with the message "Type these numbers to receive your free porn" and the digits typed in are sent back to the verification screen.

Dawno
01-15-2007, 01:04 AM
They advertise on Craigslist for "data entry, work from home" "jobs." I answered one such ad, thinking I'd be entering orders, but the job description said that the work involved joining free forums to post "messages." You get paid per reply. I wrote back, saying, "you're hiring people to be spammers?" Ugh.

Those jobs will probably go to India or China before long, why pay even fifty cents per post when you can pay fifty cents a day for someone to do hundreds of posts for 10 hours a day.

Heck, with all the free laptops going to Nigeria there's a whole new labor force out there to send those "Beloved Friend, I am writing to tell you that I have chosen you to distribute my estate to charity." emails. (I got that scary concept from this article in The Guardian (http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,1954160,00.html))

Foinah
01-15-2007, 12:27 PM
I opened the PM in front of my 18 month old daughter and husband...I actually yelped when I saw that terrifying, well, um...thingy. Yikes. Besides it being in bad taste, I'd run screaming from the room if something like that was waved in my face. I'd be afraid it would try and attack or eat the pets. Sorry for the review - feel free to cover your mind's eye!

I'm guilty of sending an IM to Mac. I was a bit freaked.

I have a hacker friend who hunted down a particularly nasty spammer that got into our Macthoy site...he did something delightfully awful to that person's computer. He is a minor deity when it comes to all that teknawlogee and compooter stuff. I guess it wasn't the first time the spammer had dropped by.
The last time (before my friend blew up their computer) they replaced our opening page with a rather graphic talking bit of a woman's anatomy. It didn't matter what link you tried to open on our site, you just got the prattling hoo-hoo.

At least Jennifersworld's photo didn't talk....

PeeDee
01-15-2007, 12:30 PM
If I receive a talking photo of that Asian man and his Statistical Improbability, then I'm giving up on this internet thing altogether.

It was amazing how few pictures of naked men ever turned up on my typewriter.

Birol
01-15-2007, 12:39 PM
I have it on good authority that our spammer was reported to their ISP. Just in case anyone was wondering. (And, just in case anyone wants to give rep points for doing so, the credit for doing so belongs to Medievalist.)

Rolling Thunder
01-15-2007, 05:00 PM
It was amazing how few pictures of naked men ever turned up on my typewriter.

Leaves a lot open to interpretation, seeing as 'how few' can be viewed as 'at least one or more'. :D

Lyra Jean
01-15-2007, 08:15 PM
I got the same spam and it was titled Important message from the Admin.

NicoleJLeBoeuf
01-16-2007, 02:27 AM
Oh the user is already banned. I was just trying to figure out if I could spare anyone who got a PM they haven't opened yet from the, um, experience.I am going to assume that the presence of the rather overly endowed man in my Inbox means you weren't able to accomplish that.

I was about to forward it to you, but then I checked the sender's profile and saw that it was already banned, so I just deleted it.

I've got a pretty strong stomach, and my eyes and ears do not typically burn up upon hearing/seeing sexually explicit material, but I'm in a coffee shop right now. I think I need to apologize to the person sitting behind me just in case he got an unwanted eyeful.

Bleah on spammers. Bleah on pr0n spammers. Bleah upon them all, with a pox where the sun don't shine and a cherry right on top.

NicoleJLeBoeuf
01-16-2007, 02:30 AM
]The last time (before my friend blew up their computer) they replaced our opening page with a rather graphic talking bit of a woman's anatomy. It didn't matter what link you tried to open on our site, you just got the prattling hoo-hoo.Dibs on "Prattling Hoo-Hoo" as an alterno-local folk-rock band name. Or "Prattling Hoo-Hah," that works too.

Birol
01-16-2007, 02:32 AM
Bleah upon them all, with a pox where the sun don't shine and a cherry right on top.

Some of them would probably like that.

TwentyFour
01-20-2007, 08:09 AM
I feel so left out.

Vanessa
01-20-2007, 08:35 AM
I feel so left out.

I haven't been on for a long while, and I didn't get any either.

san_remo_ave
01-20-2007, 09:04 AM
For once, I think I'm rather glad I'm late and left out....

All sorts of anatomical wonders, huh?

Sounds like there's a whole new type of "flasher" to look out for and one doesn't get the warning of a trenchcoat paired with nekked ankles before the unveiling....:eek:

(I'm off to bed, but fear the mental image of prattling hoo-hoos will taint my dreams.... )

Glenda
02-15-2007, 09:17 PM
For once I'm glad I do more reading than posting.

Sean D. Schaffer
02-15-2007, 10:29 PM
I think I got that spam letter once. I didn't know who 'Jennifersworld' was, so I just deleted it. I think I also saw that poster on one of the erotcia forums I visit--Veinglory's, if I'm not mistaken.

dclary
02-16-2007, 12:08 AM
Could someone send me a copy of the offensive letter in question.

I need it for, er, research.

FergieC
02-16-2007, 12:21 AM
I never got an well-endowed man in my inbox either :cry:


Those jobs will probably go to India or China before long, why pay even fifty cents per post when you can pay fifty cents a day for someone to do hundreds of posts for 10 hours a day.


Outsourcing hate propoganda? Interesting. They're seriously taking people on and paying them to do this? The world is becoming more mercenary by the moment.

PeeDee
02-16-2007, 05:41 AM
Could someone send me a copy of the offensive letter in question.

I need it for, er, research.

Wouldn't have done you any good. He was a little long....................












.......in the tooth!