Spam--Why?

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Spam--Why?

Postby Crono91 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:36 pm

So, a question that's always on my mind.

Why do spammers come here? Their objective is to get people to click on their links; however, the population of WD isn't really that huge. It's like someone made a virus, and decides to go to a tiny town to disperse it. I don't really get the effort-to-reward appeal.

Shouldn't they be interested in more active places? With literal thousands of active users a day?
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Re: Spam--Why?

Postby RobTheThird » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:39 pm

> Why do spammers come here?
Because it costs them nothing but time, and their time is meaningless. If it weren't, they'd be at legitimate jobs.

Think about it. It costs them the same effort to send 1,000 emails or forum posts as it does to send 100,000. And more they send, the fewer of them that need to succeed to make them a profit.
In short, they have no reason not to send them, until such time as this forum starts working as it should.

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Re: Spam--Why?

Postby Crono91 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:15 pm

RobTheThird wrote:
> > Why do spammers come here?
> Because it costs them nothing but time, and their time is meaningless. If it
> weren't, they'd be at legitimate jobs.
>
> Think about it. It costs them the same effort to send 1,000 emails or forum posts as
> it does to send 100,000. And more they send, the fewer of them that need to succeed
> to make them a profit.
> In short, they have no reason not to send them, until such time as this forum starts
> working as it should.

I understand that, but my point was that time spent spamming us, is not the same as time spent spamming, say, PersonalityCafe. On PersonalityCafe, there are numerous amounts of users every single day, of varying diversity and interest. 5 seconds posting a post there, could yield, let's just say, 30 clicks before being taken down.

5 seconds posing here could yield, maybe one click before being taken down. WD is tight nit, with few users, most aware of the spam.

If they were smart, they'd use their time wisely, and go elsewhere.
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Re: Spam--Why?

Postby ostarella » Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:29 pm

They send to random sites and the ones that keep accepting them - they keep sending to. That's one major reason to update the software here ASAP.
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Re: Spam--Why?

Postby LadySeshiiria » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:17 pm

Some of them are spam bots with a created algorithm or code or whatever that go out into the net and seek out site with easy entry or vulnerabilities and auto post. No one is really wasting their time. They spent maybe a few days or weeks creating the code for a bot and tada! there you have it. Sit back and let the money roll in...

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Re: Spam--Why?

Postby MikePhillip » Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:02 pm

Depending on what the spammer wants to accomplish will determine what sites he/she targets. Small, less secure sites are the primary targets of inexperienced spammers. Often, it's just the challenge of defeating the website's security, but almost as often the reason is to steal something - passwords, account numbers, or anything that will give them access to YOUR information.

smutty spam is a popular tool because most people on a site like this aren't all that crazy about letting their family and friends know they've been trying to look at naked people doing naked things.

Be careful and play safe.


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