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[META] Are trolls invading PaleoHacks?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 14, 2011 at 10:08 PM

I've been seeing an influx of people with 1 ratings and questionable usernames asking questions that don't seem quite right. Anybody else notice this? Are we being invaded by trolls?

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on October 15, 2011
at 07:51 PM

no, but you obviously think so.

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(5639)

on October 15, 2011
at 05:06 PM

Ummmm...are you kidding around?

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on October 15, 2011
at 03:22 PM

@Edward J. Edmonds: If find it easier to use sugar cubes with chopsticks.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on October 15, 2011
at 03:21 PM

Nice sleuthing, WCC Paul.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 15, 2011
at 06:56 AM

Luckily they didn't have much of an attention span, then. Likely too much sugar in their diets. :)

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 15, 2011
at 06:55 AM

Edward, that made me LOL in a very undignified fashion. :D

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on October 15, 2011
at 06:23 AM

Now that is funny you guys...

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on October 15, 2011
at 06:04 AM

Yeah, I just looked at that, didn't notice how conspicuous it is until I read them all at once. Checked out all those people -- they all signed up right around then, posted on that thread and then haven't done anything else since. So yeah, it may have been a concerted effort.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on October 15, 2011
at 05:50 AM

I seconded FED below. Also, I suspect Ben is making a joke which is truly hilarious. Last 12-18 months? PH is only 19 months old ....

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 15, 2011
at 03:08 AM

You don't have to be a mod to be spending too much time on PH ;) Guilty as charged.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on October 15, 2011
at 02:53 AM

Rain Man here is just being humble. He's preternaturally skilled at moderating and paying attention to detail.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on October 15, 2011
at 02:13 AM

Thanks. Doesn't require any special skill really, just obsessiveness. Some of us spend a little too much time on PH .... (even if we haven't been answering many questions of late).

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on October 15, 2011
at 01:56 AM

Heh, Jay, you said unit.... hee.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on October 15, 2011
at 01:55 AM

You guys do an awesome job, Paul!

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on October 15, 2011
at 01:14 AM

...finishing up bowl of granulated sugar, used chopsticks to control the insulin spike...

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 15, 2011
at 01:00 AM

I been noticing a lot of new users for the last 12-18 months

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(39831)

on October 15, 2011
at 12:57 AM

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRvKwhOqaL1UF2Kj7fqU6YrLch1NF-LBVCBTOJx6jDRQ3ivuHhOuUgbJT8NhA ONLY CARB-EATERS SHALL PASS

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(19469)

on October 15, 2011
at 12:48 AM

Isn't the password "efas hcrats"?

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on October 15, 2011
at 12:17 AM

I was hoping dissension is okay, it's the follow-up single-minded pursuit of the issue and the flame wars, that's what makes trolls. But then again, I consider everyone who eats carbs to be a troll. Oh-oh, now I said it!

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on October 15, 2011
at 12:07 AM

Yes. Make sure you know the secret password before you cross the bridge, or you'll be eaten.

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(19469)

on October 14, 2011
at 11:37 PM

I think that the PaleoHacks community and moderators do a pretty good job of filtering out a lot of the "noise" that you would get in a typical message board. A robust community that has self-enforcing standards is the best defense against trolls!

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 14, 2011
at 11:17 PM

lol...the bacon weiner pump. 4 NO now only THREE easy installments of 29.95 if you call in the next 3.59 minutes! Only 23 units left! Call now!

53afcbd6acd79bc67434a1b43aff1c00

(3)

on October 14, 2011
at 11:00 PM

maybe you're talking about the question I asked? To be honest I am interested in peoples take on that question. Maybe most don't see it as paleo. But I think it is. In the same way sleep questions, or computers lights or even food. The question was asked about something our bodies wouldn't have experienced evolutionarily and I was interested in peoples opinions/experiences with it. It was taken down and as I stated in the question. I am fine with that. I have seen other question along that subject but I knew it may be pushing some limits. I am not "trolling" I just found out what it is.

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on October 14, 2011
at 10:26 PM

SNR... haven't heard that used in a while.

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on October 14, 2011
at 10:23 PM

I'm sure as ancestral dieting continues to pick up steam we're going to see a lot more of this if indeed that's what it is. I just hope this place doesn't turn into a trash bin of spam.

8ea84667a7f11ac3967f2ecfcad28ad8

(641)

on October 14, 2011
at 10:22 PM

As a mostly-lurker, I've noticed that PH seems to have a declining SNR lately...

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on October 14, 2011
at 10:19 PM

I was noticing a lot of new people as well, but hadn't had the "trolls" thought until now...hmmmm...maybe it's a PETA invasion! ;-)

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47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on October 15, 2011
at 01:23 AM

We moderators sweep a lot of it up, but a lot makes it through obviously.

Everyone should know that it is incredibly useful to the moderators and therefore to the site as a whole when spam answers get flagged. As soon as we see the flags we delete it. I personally also look for answers that are in the negative because often spam or other questionable material gets downvoted. So that's another way to get it out of there.

I think it's pretty clean on the site, relatively speaking. But the more eyes we have on the board, flagging things, the cleaner we can keep it. And even if there is more and more of the junk as the board gets more active, I'm confident we'll still be able to keep it clean if we all pitch in.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on October 15, 2011
at 02:13 AM

Thanks. Doesn't require any special skill really, just obsessiveness. Some of us spend a little too much time on PH .... (even if we haven't been answering many questions of late).

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on October 15, 2011
at 02:53 AM

Rain Man here is just being humble. He's preternaturally skilled at moderating and paying attention to detail.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on October 15, 2011
at 01:55 AM

You guys do an awesome job, Paul!

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on October 15, 2011
at 03:08 AM

You don't have to be a mod to be spending too much time on PH ;) Guilty as charged.

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on October 15, 2011
at 05:54 AM

I noticed this in the "I, Caveman..." question most recently.

Seemed like a lot of new users with 1-5 ratings pooh-poohing the show, and the diet. I addressed it in the question, with my answer and with some comments.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on October 15, 2011
at 03:21 PM

Nice sleuthing, WCC Paul.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on October 15, 2011
at 06:04 AM

Yeah, I just looked at that, didn't notice how conspicuous it is until I read them all at once. Checked out all those people -- they all signed up right around then, posted on that thread and then haven't done anything else since. So yeah, it may have been a concerted effort.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 15, 2011
at 06:56 AM

Luckily they didn't have much of an attention span, then. Likely too much sugar in their diets. :)

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95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on October 15, 2011
at 12:09 AM

Yes. Make sure you know the secret password before you cross the bridge, or you'll be eaten.

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(19469)

on October 15, 2011
at 12:48 AM

Isn't the password "efas hcrats"?

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5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

(6097)

on October 14, 2011
at 11:35 PM

Yeah, I'm one of them.

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on October 14, 2011
at 11:02 PM

I've not really noticed what I would call trolls in the new people (doing their best to cause dissension/arguments). The ones I saw just looked like normal new people to me. I was assuming the site got out on some podcast somewhere and drew them in.

They could be spammers though. I believe the usual spammer cycle is to post a bit to get their numbers up (voting themselves up on other accounts), then spam their website info for paleo bacon weiner enhancers (because hey, everything's better with bacon!). I assume the owner checks the IP's of people every so often and identifies if they're all posting from the same ISP/location with different ID's and will resolve as necessary.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on October 15, 2011
at 12:17 AM

I was hoping dissension is okay, it's the follow-up single-minded pursuit of the issue and the flame wars, that's what makes trolls. But then again, I consider everyone who eats carbs to be a troll. Oh-oh, now I said it!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on October 15, 2011
at 01:56 AM

Heh, Jay, you said unit.... hee.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 14, 2011
at 11:17 PM

lol...the bacon weiner pump. 4 NO now only THREE easy installments of 29.95 if you call in the next 3.59 minutes! Only 23 units left! Call now!

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05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on October 15, 2011
at 03:55 AM

because no one really knows how or even if healing is possibly on a mass scale, anything that people are touting as "the answer" will get attacked. paleo, and internet forums, may be a good start, but no way are they a finish. maybe 20 years down the line when functional medicine is more sophisticated...

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(5639)

on October 15, 2011
at 05:06 PM

Ummmm...are you kidding around?

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on October 15, 2011
at 07:51 PM

no, but you obviously think so.

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on October 15, 2011
at 12:49 AM

Everyone who eats carbs is a troll.

TRAVIS IS A TROLL!

Let the flames begin!

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on October 15, 2011
at 01:14 AM

...finishing up bowl of granulated sugar, used chopsticks to control the insulin spike...

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on October 15, 2011
at 06:23 AM

Now that is funny you guys...

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 15, 2011
at 06:55 AM

Edward, that made me LOL in a very undignified fashion. :D

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(39831)

on October 15, 2011
at 12:57 AM

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRvKwhOqaL1UF2Kj7fqU6YrLch1NF-LBVCBTOJx6jDRQ3ivuHhOuUgbJT8NhA ONLY CARB-EATERS SHALL PASS

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on October 15, 2011
at 03:22 PM

@Edward J. Edmonds: If find it easier to use sugar cubes with chopsticks.

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