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This is an update of an earlier post on the same topic.

ACTION ITEM: If you find one of these replace the tags with 'Spam'

Donuts are optional. I tend to toss a first donut and leave a comment. elfling follows the spam tag.

I have long wondered what the plagiarizing troll I've long thought of as the BBC troll was up to. What was the payoff? Another kog gets the credit for finding this and I'm at loss as to whom it is.

User pacucm posted two diaries today.

UPDATE banned user pacucm. If you find any user using this technique report it to the Help Desk as Spam.

Update kog getting the credit is leading this thread: eztempo.

The diaries are innocuous and tend to contain news from The Guardian and a link. The problem is hundreds or thousands of hidden spammy links in the page source code.

METHOD: Left click outside the text on the page, Right click and select View Page Source. It works in Firefox, IE, and Chrome. I can't speak to Safari.

Scroll down and look for the spammy mess. The record is near three thousand. It looks like this:

Troll Tech

There are two challenges.

Where is the benefit? Who profits from unseen links?

What is the earliest example at the GOS? I thought that it was the BBC troll but I've gone back and that troll wasn't doing it. This is the earliest example I can find.

Originally posted to aoeu on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 01:08 PM PST.

Also republished by Cranky Users.

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