questionsis it just me, or are there more than usual idiot…

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Awww, I was hoping this was another unfinished sentence.

I have noticed more. It's really annoying, but it comes with the territory of having a popular website. When I ran my gaming community, once our website started showing up in Google's search engine, we would get "bots" that would register and post penile-enlargment ads in our forums. We were finally able to thwart them with a little bit of design and ingenuity, but it was still annoying to see them finding ways through until then.

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i'm noticing more as well. especially ones that are pimping these penny auction sites.

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Yes, there definitely are a lot more spammers. There was one user, clirik, who posted 7 questions in less than an hour that were advertising some chinese online stores. Thankfully the staff had his/her/its questions removed as well as all the comments/answers that he/she/it posted on different deals and questions. It was spam of epic proportions.

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Answer to question 1: I am sorry, but I think it's you.

Answer to question 2: They are very stupid and they want to know where you hang out so they can hand you flyers about the end-of-the-world.

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Hey guys. Cleaned up a bit in here. Now remember, nice words. We use our nice words here.

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I wish there was some fool-proof test that would eliminate spammers while keeping the actual woot users from being inconvenienced. Perhaps woot can force its new users to submit to extensive CIA/NSA level background checks before joining?

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@captainsuperdawg: You are too funny with the background check (security clearance style). I can guarantee that if this were done, the number of people able to participate would drop to around 5% of the current volume. Trust me on this one.

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I am so with you. Soo many spam posts that NO ONE wants.

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@shrdlu: what about harsher punishments for spammers? Alcatraz is probably still functional to a certain degree. We could have our own police that hunts the spammers down, brings them to Woot! court where we trusted users get to act as jury, and then send them to Alcatraz where nobody but Clint Eastwood has ever escaped, and I'm 75% sure that was a movie.

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@captainsuperdawg: But, Alcatraz MAKES money, whereas a prison, would be a drain on the economy.

My idea, Spam Gladiators! 2 Spammers enter, no spam leaves.

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@captainsuperdawg: I point out that the movie was based on an actual event, and that Mythbusters (the show everyone loves to hate) did an episode proving that it was possible (for certain values of "proof"). There is actual evidence that the escapees made it, and were smart enough to not resurface. You couldn't disappear like that today; it's too easy to track people.

Everyone hates spammers. I've hated them since the early days:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newsgroup_spam

Please note that article doesn't mention the most important thing about Clarence L. Thomas IV's spam; he sent it the DAY after the Northridge quake, and implied that it was divine justice, and that we all deserved what had happened to us. Actually, when I glance more closely at it, I can tell you that many facts about the early Usenet days are left out (but that's a tale for another thread, and another time).

Death to spammers!

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@rlapid2112: Well then, we'd let people come to the prison and poke them with pointy sticks for $20 a pop. Also, we'd save money by cutting back on things they don't need like food, water, electricity, heating/ac, plumbing, beds, and many many other things that I don't have time to list. That way we'd at least break even.

@shrdlu: cool to know. I thought I'd heard about someone breaking out of Alcatraz, but wasn't 100% sure, so I decided to go the safe route instead of acting like a know-it-all and winding up being an idiot.

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@captainsuperdawg: We could combine the $20 poking with a stick AND gladiatorial combat with stuff found on the island! Charge admission! YESH!!

wow, I just got excited for cruel and unusual punishment.

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@rlapid2112: It's not cruel and unusual if it's stopping spammers. Also, if we let them in on a glaitorial/stick combo, we should charge more than 20. I say 20 for just the stick, 40 for just the gladiators and 50 for both.

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@captainsuperdawg: We need to do some due diligence on this. Is this part of SF city or SF county?

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@rlapid2112: I think it's the county. Everywhere I look, it says it's location is San Fransisco Bay, California. But I don't really know for sure, I live a long ways away from California, but if this all works out, I can always move ;)

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@captainsuperdawg: It's a shame that Arny isn't still Gov. He would jump in on this in a heartbeat.

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Is it possible to get rid of the ads for different kids of fabric stuff? There's no discount, no coupon, no sale price. It's just cruddy spam.