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Old 08-11-2017, 02:09 PM
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Does this thread hold the zombie resurrection record?

I'm talking about the ear cartilage pain thread. It seems to be bumped fairly often by new posters who come across it in a Google search and sign up to post, since it is apparently one of the few references on the web to this phenomenon.

By my conservative count, the thread has been resurrected at least 14 times. (See list below.) I only counted the bump as a resurrection if there were around 3 months or more between posts. If I included each time a new person signed up to post in the thread, sometimes only a few weeks after the last post, the count would be even higher.

Funnily, the thread was dormant for nearly 6 years but since the first bump it has been revived fairly regularly. Perhaps we are in the midst of an ear cartilage pain epidemic.

Started: September 2004

Bumps:
  1. June 2010
  2. December 2010
  3. September 2011
  4. February 2012
  5. May 2012
  6. August 2013
  7. December 2013
  8. February 2014
  9. May 2014
  10. May 2015
  11. January 2016
  12. April 2016
  13. September 2016
  14. April 2017

Are there any other threads out there that are similarly prone to revivification?
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:17 PM
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How to protect and clean your computer from malware

Probably unfair as it's a freakin' spam magnet.

As I understand it, the spam posts are still there but removed from view. Mods can still see them.
So if any mod has some free time to go through and count them...
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:38 PM
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I don't think that counts, because it's a sticky. You can't zombify something that's never left the front page.

There are also some memorial threads that get deliberately bumped every year on some anniversary, but those might not count, either.
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Old 08-11-2017, 04:01 PM
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Wasn't there an alternate ending to....
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:46 PM
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How to protect and clean your computer from malware

Probably unfair as it's a freakin' spam magnet.

As I understand it, the spam posts are still there but removed from view. Mods can still see them.
So if any mod has some free time to go through and count them...
I went back as far as 2016. These are the dates of the deleted spam posts in that thread. I don't have the time (or desire) to go earlier, but this should give you an idea of how often that thread is spammed.

08-05-2017
08-02-2017
07-08-2017
06-30-2017
06-23-2017
05-15-2017
04-26-2017
03-03-2017
02-13-2017
01-19-2017
11-10-2016
10-22-2016
09-29-2016
08-30-2016
08-17-2016
07-30-2016
06-11-2016
06-08-2016
05-25-2016
05-24-2016
05-08-2016
01-14-2016
01-07-2016

Most threads that become spam magnets are closed. This thread is left open because it's a sticky and while outdated, it is still a relevant thread. I've actually started working on a replacement for that thread (quite some time ago) but haven't had time to finish it.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:31 PM
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Hmm... Most likely, it gets targeted by spammers because it's the first non-locked thread they see on top of the page (because it's a sticky). What if we started another sticky thread called "Don't post here-- Spam trap", and then just banned anyone we saw posting there?
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:41 PM
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Hmm... Most likely, it gets targeted by spammers because it's the first non-locked thread they see on top of the page (because it's a sticky). What if we started another sticky thread called "Don't post here-- Spam trap", and then just banned anyone we saw posting there?
Almost all the spammers I reported in that thread were purveyors of fine software.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:43 PM
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Hmm... Most likely, it gets targeted by spammers because it's the first non-locked thread they see on top of the page (because it's a sticky). What if we started another sticky thread called "Don't post here-- Spam trap", and then just banned anyone we saw posting there?
Post In this thread for Insta ban!
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:44 PM
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Are there any other threads out there that are similarly prone to revivification?
The one about youths swimming nekkid back when keeps getting revived:

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This thread began in November 2006, more than 10 years before this post. Here are the times it was resurrected:

July 2009
April 2010
September 2010
November 2010
April 2011
November 2011
August 2012
May 2015
October 2015
January 2016
February 2016
July 2016
January 2017

So going by my arbitrary definition of at least one month between posts, this thread has been revived a total of 14 times. What I find particularly interesting is that it is only 3 pages long
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:47 PM
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I've actually started working on a replacement for that thread (quite some time ago) but haven't had time to finish it.
Sounds like an engineer's stock excuse.
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:36 PM
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who cares about zombies?
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:06 PM
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Sounds like an engineer's stock excuse.
At work we always blame the last person who quit or was fired. They are the "escaped goat".
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Old 08-14-2017, 09:05 AM
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who cares about zombies?
The Romero family?

What? Too soon?

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At work we always blame the last person who quit or was fired. They are the "escaped goat".
I'm going to have to borrow that one!
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