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Old 07-11-2018, 05:57 PM
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Moderators-Has this board ever been hit by Russian-influenced posters or bots?

To the best of your knowledge, has this board ever been the victim of Russian influence?
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:09 PM
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We're all still in deep cover.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:11 PM
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Bots don't tend to complete their registrations. The spammers that get through are doing a lot of work by hand (they seem to be very fond of CTRL-C / CTRL-V).

As for Russian-influenced posters, it wouldn't surprise me, but we have never positively identified anyone as such.

The Russians are known to use social media to spread distrust of the U.S. government, so making disparaging remarks about both Republicans and Democrats would be within their normal operating range. Democrats also use social media to disparage Republicans and Republicans do the same to Democrats.

None of these types of posters would stick around for any length of time, so what we would be looking for are drive-by posters who post from anonymizing hosting sites. We get plenty of those. Socks and trolls are also often drive-by posters who post from anonymizing hosting sites. We currently don't have any method for separating out Russians from anyone else posting from a hosting site. As long as they post within the rules, we don't investigate any further.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:19 PM
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How would we know?
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:25 PM
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How would we know?
Such people* are often very heavy handed and obvious. When somebody never shows up except to post copy-and-pasted screeds from some known propaganda outlet it becomes pretty obvious why they are there.

* By no means just Russians. I suppose it's because if you are hiring large numbers of people for a widepread propaganda campaign you can't realistically hire only the people who are good at it.
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Old 07-11-2018, 07:34 PM
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Do a post search for "Russian handler.` You should find some examples.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:10 PM
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How would we know?
Ask them. If they say "nyet, comerade," then we have our answer.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:32 PM
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There were a couple Bernie bros copying and pasting the newest Kremlin hit piece on Hillary for a while. However, I am almost certain they didn't know where the fake news originated.
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:39 PM
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We've had spam bots from that corner of the world ... probably still do but our moderators are ever vigilant, thanks be.
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:21 AM
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Nyet, comrade.
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:27 AM
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Also, good user name / thread title combo.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:57 AM
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The mods here are certainly more effective than those elsewhere - Quora in particular comes to mind.

Thanks, mods!
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Old 07-12-2018, 07:58 AM
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nyet, comrade.
Молчи, товарищ.
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Old 07-12-2018, 08:47 AM
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Maybe one of the registration questions should be "Who won the 1952 World Series?"
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Old 07-12-2018, 11:35 AM
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Let me guess-- Under the Asimovian theory that the real Americans would all say "I dunno", but that the Russians would think that it's something that Americans would be expected to know and look it up?
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Old 07-12-2018, 11:57 AM
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Let me guess-- Under the Asimovian theory that the real Americans would all say "I dunno", but that the Russians would think that it's something that Americans would be expected to know and look it up?
And to think, it's only taken 13 years for me to regret my choice of username.
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:34 PM
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Maybe one of the registration questions should be "Who won the 1952 World Series?"
The Patriots.
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:47 PM
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Let me guess-- Under the Asimovian theory that the real Americans would all say "I dunno", but that the Russians would think that it's something that Americans would be expected to know and look it up?
I once read somewhere that during WW2 the Germans sent some spies to England, but that their idea of what an Englishman was supposed to look and act like was heavily influenced by PG Wodehouse literature, with the result that they greatly overdid it on the stereotypes and were easily exposed.
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:11 PM
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IIRC, we used to get hit by DOS attacks from hackers fairly frequently.

At least that's what TPTB wanted us to believe when the servers went down.

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Old 07-12-2018, 04:35 PM
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Maybe one of the registration questions should be "Who won the 1952 World Series?"
Oh, no! I'm a kraut!
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:39 PM
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Maybe one of the registration questions should be "Who won the 1952 World Series?"
Better, ask the first line of the second stanza of Star-Spangled Banner. Only a Russian spy would memorize thinking that's something an American would know.
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Old 07-12-2018, 05:52 PM
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I once read somewhere that during WW2 the Germans sent some spies to England, but that their idea of what an Englishman was supposed to look and act like was heavily influenced by PG Wodehouse literature, with the result that they greatly overdid it on the stereotypes and were easily exposed.

Well, not so much. They had germans who had lived in England, even been born there. However, Canaris, the head of the Abwehr, apparently ratted them out to British Intelligence, as he was strongly anti-Hitler.
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:26 PM
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One of my favorite scenes from the old movie "The Russians are Coming." (23 seconds)

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Old 07-12-2018, 06:49 PM
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And who is to say if the mods themselves are not Russian operatives?
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Old 07-12-2018, 07:00 PM
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Only some of us. The rest are complete dipsticks.
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Old 07-12-2018, 07:05 PM
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Maybe one of the registration questions should be "Who won the 1952 World Series?"
The New York Yankee Imperialists.

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Old 07-12-2018, 09:40 PM
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Молчи, товарищ.

hmmm.....a bit of CTRL-C/CTRL-V action going on there, I'd espy.
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:52 PM
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hmmm.....a bit of ctrl-c/ctrl-v action going on there, i'd espy.
Я не разделяю секреты профессии.
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:50 AM
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Я не разделяю секреты профессии.
Ah, but, Я уже знаю эти секреты, confrere.

Я играю в 4-d chess.

спрашивать Ed.

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Old 07-13-2018, 10:04 AM
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I knew which scene before I clicked. Even now I sometimes evoke, "Emorgencee! Ever'body for to get off streets!" which is not accurate but how I remembered it.
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Old 07-14-2018, 08:03 PM
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I'm sort of Russian and I drink a lot of vodka; does that count?
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