Posted: 03/10/2011 10:15 by RevanComments: 30
Now I'm not sure if anyone has recently noticed, but it seems like my buddy Zerk's comments are all gone. At first I thought he might have just erased them. So I thought I'd check by going to his Best Of Games camp. Turns out that the camp doesn't load too well, or at all for that matter. So I asked him and he said he couldn't log in anymore.
Zerk has been here before most of the SI Staff even heard SI, probably before even Kres heard of SI. :) So I'm pretty sure you guys didn't ban him.
And I recently spoke with him, and he said he never got any messages or emails explaining why his profile got erased.
So guys! What is going on! Is someone hacking Strategy Informer?!

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By Eversor (SI Elite) on 03/10/2011 10:45
Yeah, now that you mentioned it. I have searched on the member search feature as i'm sure you probably have and I can't find him.
By Revan (SI Elite) on 03/10/2011 11:10
It's as if someone pulled a Jason Bourne on him! It's a Conspiracy! :O
By devel (SI Elite) on 03/10/2011 20:23
An Outrage!
By Revan (SI Elite) on 03/12/2011 09:01
Yeah, and it doesn't look like a whole lot is being done about it either...
By Kres (SI Elite) on 03/12/2011 11:37
Hey guys,

Damn, I can't locate him in admin at all. This is the first news on the topic for me. What happened? He just couldn't login at some point?
By Kres (SI Elite) on 03/12/2011 12:30
Does anybody have his IM contacts? We can see if site backups got him stored. Damn it! :(
By Revan (SI Elite) on 03/12/2011 13:08
Yeah, thats pretty much it. His profile just vanished. :S
I'll see if I can get his IM or email for you.
Any idea what could've happened??
By Kres (SI Elite) on 03/12/2011 13:21
The only way he could've got deleted was via admin... Hence somebody deleted him. Users can't delete their own accounts themselves. I'm going to find out who did that and why.
By Revan (SI Elite) on 03/13/2011 09:30
I PM'ed you Zerk's email, Kres.
By Kres (SI Elite) on 03/13/2011 12:50
Emailed Zerk and in the meanwhile I found out what happened. Zerk has posted about 300 comments for whatever reason, and the system automatically deleted him. It seems he used some bot to do that...

Zerk if you're reading this, register a new account and please give an explanation to what you were trying to do?
By JamieSI (SI Core) on 03/13/2011 12:54
300 comments with the word lame. We've got system in place to prevent spam and this was a strong case unfortnately. I've often seen on worded comments on news and reviews which might just be "lol" or "lame". This will flag the system too.
By Kres (SI Elite) on 03/13/2011 13:00
The amount of his comments in a single constant wave of them is what ticked the system... It's unfortunate but Zerg damn why were you doing that...

You guys will know that we've had bot problems lately. So we've put an advanced system in place to prevent that. It's not perfect but in this case and 99.99% of others it did what it was supposed to.

So, sorry Zerg but there are some rules and things that you should and shouldn't do. No body is excused from it.
By Kres (SI Elite) on 03/13/2011 13:01
And that includes all of us.
By Revan (SI Elite) on 03/13/2011 22:07
I also talked with Zerk yesterday, and he said he posted something only once, and then it automatically re-posted it like 60 times. Why would it do that? It's also happened to me once or twice, but I always deleted the 'extra' comments. Which I guess is why I'm still around.
But I think you guys need to seriously tweak that spam-removal-bot a little bit more. Because it took longer to delete an active spammer who was putting crap all the over the site than it did to delete Zerk. And that guys, is lame.
By Kres (SI Elite) on 03/14/2011 12:28
That happened to me as well, but 60/300 times? I managed to post 3-4 times in worst case scenario. Sorry man but that doesn't sound sincere. It doesn't get posted automatically at all but you need to keep clicking SUBMIT to do it. There is no automatization behind that. After you click it for like 10 times, why click it for another 50 times?

Would you prefer if we installed Captcha so we'd need to enter some code for each comment posting? That would suck, and this way is hence better. Zerk still did posted those comments as if it was a bot.
By Revan (SI Elite) on 03/15/2011 00:17
Yeah I guess your right. And I guess it's better than installing captcha.
Still sucks that Zerk's whole profile got erased though. :(
By Kres (SI Elite) on 03/17/2011 18:02
Yeah it's total crap :\ zerk oh zerk... But if he re-registers after (if) he calms down about the whole thing, I can get him old points back. That's of course if he promises not to post jiberish comments, and then do it 60 to 300 times at once.
By Eversor (SI Elite) on 03/18/2011 08:59
@ Revan & Kres. Might want to tell him that guys.
By Revan (SI Elite) on 03/18/2011 11:53
Yup, already told Zerk. The rest is up to him I guess.
By hunter612 (SI Core) on 03/19/2011 02:59
So is he coming back? (did he). Odd reading all this. Why would anyone go through the pain of reposting something many times? :/
By HELLKNIGHT13 (SI Elite) on 03/19/2011 14:10
It could have been his cat one time I whent to the CAN when I was posting some thing and my cat was on the keys at the time here is way I say that just now my cat close out of every thing just now well I was posting on this the 1st time not the 1st time my cat has been on my key pad she thinks she can post thing better then me :) the funny thing is it is problly true ;;)) Hey Revan Like the new look well new to me has been some time for me in posting on some thing ;)
By HELLKNIGHT13 (SI Elite) on 03/19/2011 14:39
Or some thing could have locked up when he hit send how meny time on the net has it crashed on us just at the right time well as we say the wrong time cpu locks up and keeps going over and over the same thing may not see it with the new 3,4and 6 core cpu now days if one core locks up the next one keeps going so you don't fell or see it ??? How meny of us see what I am saying or seen it do it .you know back when we ownly had one cpu ever thing would just lock up now with more cores when some thing stop working you can keep going and working so you can close out of that thing that stoped working and got the sent to probfix you may know it as windows has stoped working and had to close the program .How things have come a long in ten years ;)
By whynot (SI Member) on 03/19/2011 21:18
Hi. all...
please take it easy... a young guy...don't judge him too quickly.
Let him explain himself...As HELLKNIGHT says (I figure!!) there must be a reason.....if he doesn't..what's the fuzz...Then the show must go on... ;-} (Hi "Zerk", imagine so many people caring. just for you!).
By Kres (SI Elite) on 03/23/2011 13:34
Didn't heard anything from him so far...
By HELLKNIGHT13 (SI Elite) on 03/25/2011 22:52
He is on youtub
By Revan (SI Elite) on 03/28/2011 22:35
Yeah, don't think he's coming back...
By HELLKNIGHT13 (SI Elite) on 03/30/2011 00:26
Only time will tell he will be mist :(
By zroy (SI Core Veteran) on 06/25/2011 20:52
Well I've been gone for over 7 months now, that's because I needed some time for intensive studying, but I'm back again now, And I would like firstly to welcome all of you -SI gang ;P-.... I just wanted to say come back ZERK cause you, Revan, Hellknight, Hero, Kres, mercy.. gave this site a really wonderful time!! I mean it's about time that I realized that not logging in to this site lately gave me the feeling of something missing -You all-.... so just come back.
By Eversor (SI Elite) on 07/01/2011 00:35
Hello, it's been a long time.
By HELLKNIGHT13 (SI Elite) on 07/10/2011 16:31
I have been here for a long time and seen lost of good friends come and go .Yes life keeps going and time makes us have so little time to come all the time but I still come home to Si and still see the good friends come home too Si may not be as it was a time a go but event I still come on some times I don't sine in .But I am still here on Si too look at what is new who is new or old on Si not that much to talk on with me so I sit in be hind the on the site but still here looking at what people post still all good here on Si .Yes I should sine in when I come on so people know I was on sorry I did not .Some times I can bee a liitle to free in what I say so I just stayed in the back for a liitle bit .Yes I still come on just wanted all my friends on Si to know that will never stop the good friends I have made on Si all over the world .Wanted to say Good too see a lot of the Si family is still on and to the ones who may have moved on or can't get on still and all ways will be my good friends to the end :)