[WikiEN-l] Most cunningly disguised spam yet?

classic Classic list List threaded Threaded
11 messages Options
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

[WikiEN-l] Most cunningly disguised spam yet?

Earle Martin
I just came across this user page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:%24_London_Apartments

(That %24 is a dollar sign.) Intrigued by the weird user name, I had a
look - at first glance it's a regular user page. But as you read it
more carefully, you discover the preponderance of certain words, like
"London", "apartment", "rent", "renting", "house", and "first floor".
As you get further down, you see a bunch of "useful" links to other
sites, one of which is coincidentally called "London Apartments".

A glance at the user contributions shows almost nothing but
modifications to their own page, despite what the text on the page
claims. There are a couple of trivial edits to other pages.

Spam? Or real person? I seek the wisdom of the collective....


--
Earle Martin
            http://downlode.org/
http://purl.org/net/earlemartin/

_______________________________________________
WikiEN-l mailing list
[hidden email]
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, visit:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikien-l
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: [WikiEN-l] Most cunningly disguised spam yet?

Parker Peters-2
Doesn't look too bad to me. There are legitimate edits made by the account,
and while most of the edits are to the user page, a heck of a lot are
spelling or small edits anyways.

The links themselves aren't all that bad either; none look particularly out
of line, especially not to a map of London, nor the London city government
page, or the city's transport authority. I'd say it was more like someone
was proud of where they lived.

I'd prefer that this one be given the benefit of the doubt absent any major
issue that you could elsewise come up with... which since you asked for
outside opinions, you likely don't really have.

Parker

On 2/1/07, Earle Martin <[hidden email]> wrote:

>
> I just came across this user page:
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:%24_London_Apartments
>
> (That %24 is a dollar sign.) Intrigued by the weird user name, I had a
> look - at first glance it's a regular user page. But as you read it
> more carefully, you discover the preponderance of certain words, like
> "London", "apartment", "rent", "renting", "house", and "first floor".
> As you get further down, you see a bunch of "useful" links to other
> sites, one of which is coincidentally called "London Apartments".
>
> A glance at the user contributions shows almost nothing but
> modifications to their own page, despite what the text on the page
> claims. There are a couple of trivial edits to other pages.
>
> Spam? Or real person? I seek the wisdom of the collective....
>
>
> --
> Earle Martin
>             http://downlode.org/
> http://purl.org/net/earlemartin/
>
> _______________________________________________
> WikiEN-l mailing list
> [hidden email]
> To unsubscribe from this mailing list, visit:
> http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikien-l
>
_______________________________________________
WikiEN-l mailing list
[hidden email]
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, visit:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikien-l
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: [WikiEN-l] Most cunningly disguised spam yet?

Dan Collins-2
In reply to this post by Earle Martin
On 2/1/07, Earle Martin <[hidden email]> wrote:

>
> I just came across this user page:
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:%24_London_Apartments
>
> (That %24 is a dollar sign.) Intrigued by the weird user name, I had a
> look - at first glance it's a regular user page. But as you read it
> more carefully, you discover the preponderance of certain words, like
> "London", "apartment", "rent", "renting", "house", and "first floor".
> As you get further down, you see a bunch of "useful" links to other
> sites, one of which is coincidentally called "London Apartments".
>
> A glance at the user contributions shows almost nothing but
> modifications to their own page, despite what the text on the page
> claims. There are a couple of trivial edits to other pages.
>
> Spam? Or real person? I seek the wisdom of the collective....
>
>
> --
> Earle Martin
>             http://downlode.org/
> http://purl.org/net/earlemartin/
>
> _______________________________________________
> WikiEN-l mailing list
> [hidden email]
> To unsubscribe from this mailing list, visit:
> http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikien-l
>


Look at his contribs. He is doing nothing but editing his userpage. I'd MfD
it under [[WP:NOT]] a free web host, but that's just me.

--
ST47
Editor, en.wikipedia
_______________________________________________
WikiEN-l mailing list
[hidden email]
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, visit:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikien-l
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: [WikiEN-l] Most cunningly disguised spam yet?

The Cunctator
In reply to this post by Earle Martin
On 2/1/07, Earle Martin <[hidden email]> wrote:

>
> I just came across this user page:
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:%24_London_Apartments
>
> (That %24 is a dollar sign.) Intrigued by the weird user name, I had a
> look - at first glance it's a regular user page. But as you read it
> more carefully, you discover the preponderance of certain words, like
> "London", "apartment", "rent", "renting", "house", and "first floor".
> As you get further down, you see a bunch of "useful" links to other
> sites, one of which is coincidentally called "London Apartments".
>
> A glance at the user contributions shows almost nothing but
> modifications to their own page, despite what the text on the page
> claims. There are a couple of trivial edits to other pages.
>
> Spam? Or real person? I seek the wisdom of the collective....


I'd be surprised if it's spam. Just ignore it.
_______________________________________________
WikiEN-l mailing list
[hidden email]
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, visit:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikien-l
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: [WikiEN-l] Most cunningly disguised spam yet?

Angela-5
In reply to this post by Earle Martin
On 2/1/07, Earle Martin <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I just came across this user page:
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:%24_London_Apartments
>
> (That %24 is a dollar sign.) Intrigued by the weird user name, I had a
> look - at first glance it's a regular user page. But as you read it
> more carefully, you discover the preponderance of certain words, like
> "London", "apartment", "rent", "renting", "house", and "first floor".
> As you get further down, you see a bunch of "useful" links to other
> sites, one of which is coincidentally called "London Apartments".
>
> A glance at the user contributions shows almost nothing but
> modifications to their own page, despite what the text on the page
> claims. There are a couple of trivial edits to other pages.
>
> Spam? Or real person? I seek the wisdom of the collective....

It could be either, but the links don't need to be there. I've removed
them and left a note for the user.

On 2/1/07, Dan Collins <[hidden email]> wrote:
> Look at his contribs. He is doing nothing but editing his userpage. I'd MfD
> it under [[WP:NOT]] a free web host, but that's just me.

He has made edits to a few articles now. I don't see a need for an MfD
listing when the rest of the page is fine.

Angla

_______________________________________________
WikiEN-l mailing list
[hidden email]
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, visit:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikien-l
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: [WikiEN-l] Most cunningly disguised spam yet?

David Ashby
On 2/1/07, Angela <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On 2/1/07, Earle Martin <[hidden email]> wrote:
> > I just came across this user page:
> >
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:%24_London_Apartments
> >
> > (That %24 is a dollar sign.) Intrigued by the weird user name, I had a
> > look - at first glance it's a regular user page. But as you read it
> > more carefully, you discover the preponderance of certain words, like
> > "London", "apartment", "rent", "renting", "house", and "first floor".
> > As you get further down, you see a bunch of "useful" links to other
> > sites, one of which is coincidentally called "London Apartments".
> >
> > A glance at the user contributions shows almost nothing but
> > modifications to their own page, despite what the text on the page
> > claims. There are a couple of trivial edits to other pages.
> >
> > Spam? Or real person? I seek the wisdom of the collective....
>
> It could be either, but the links don't need to be there. I've removed
> them and left a note for the user.
>
> On 2/1/07, Dan Collins <[hidden email]> wrote:
> > Look at his contribs. He is doing nothing but editing his userpage. I'd MfD
> > it under [[WP:NOT]] a free web host, but that's just me.
>
> He has made edits to a few articles now. I don't see a need for an MfD
> listing when the rest of the page is fine.
>
> Angla
>

Paging through the edit history on that page, this user's name and sex
have both changed within a few hours. Very odd.

-david

_______________________________________________
WikiEN-l mailing list
[hidden email]
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, visit:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikien-l
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: [WikiEN-l] Most cunningly disguised spam yet?

Earle Martin
In reply to this post by Parker Peters-2
On 01/02/07, Parker Peters <[hidden email]> blathered:
> I'd prefer

I asked for opinions from the collective, not trolls, so your
preferences are irrelevant.


--
Earle Martin
            http://downlode.org/
http://purl.org/net/earlemartin/

_______________________________________________
WikiEN-l mailing list
[hidden email]
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, visit:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikien-l
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: [WikiEN-l] Most cunningly disguised spam yet?

Thomas Dalton
In reply to this post by Earle Martin
It looks like he's trying to improve the pagerank of the London
Apartments site, but since we put nofollow on external links, and he
isn't making disruptive edits, I don't see any need to do anything.

_______________________________________________
WikiEN-l mailing list
[hidden email]
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, visit:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikien-l
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: [WikiEN-l] Most cunningly disguised spam yet?

Parker Peters-2
In reply to this post by Earle Martin
I'm on moderation, but an incivil troll like Earle here who decides to flame
people isn't?

Policy is certainly out of whack here.

I request Earle be put on moderation until such time as he can exist without
flaming people and attacking people who contribute remarks in good faith.

Parker

On 2/2/07, Earle Martin <[hidden email]> wrote:

>
> On 01/02/07, Parker Peters <[hidden email]> blathered:
> > I'd prefer
>
> I asked for opinions from the collective, not trolls, so your
> preferences are irrelevant.
>
>
> --
> Earle Martin
>             http://downlode.org/
> http://purl.org/net/earlemartin/
>
> _______________________________________________
> WikiEN-l mailing list
> [hidden email]
> To unsubscribe from this mailing list, visit:
> http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikien-l
>
_______________________________________________
WikiEN-l mailing list
[hidden email]
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, visit:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikien-l
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: [WikiEN-l] Most cunningly disguised spam yet?

Alphax (Wikipedia email)
In reply to this post by Earle Martin
Earle Martin wrote:
> On 01/02/07, Parker Peters <[hidden email]> blathered:
>> I'd prefer
>
> I asked for opinions from the collective, not trolls, so your
> preferences are irrelevant.
>
>

Your personal attacks are futile. You will be moderated.

--
Alphax - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Alphax
Contributor to Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia
"We make the internet not suck" - Jimbo Wales
Public key: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Alphax/OpenPGP


_______________________________________________
WikiEN-l mailing list
[hidden email]
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, visit:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikien-l

signature.asc (554 bytes) Download Attachment
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: [WikiEN-l] Most cunningly disguised spam yet?

Earle Martin
On 02/02/07, Alphax (Wikipedia email) <[hidden email]> wrote:
> Your personal attacks are futile. You will be moderated.

[reposted from list-subscribed address, this time]

Well, Mr. Grumpy, if you feel that I merit being put in the same
lockbox as the loony people who do stuff like make up personalities
and argue with them (and yet are allowed to continue posting), then
that's your call.

--
Earle Martin
            http://downlode.org/
http://purl.org/net/earlemartin/

_______________________________________________
WikiEN-l mailing list
[hidden email]
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, visit:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikien-l