Wardriving weblog spammer story June 23, 2006 3:48 PM   Subscribe

I post link about wardriving comment spammer. Metafilter Snap Detective Collective examines link, and concludes it is a hoax. Owner of site signs up, and insists it is real and he is not lying. Thread is closed. Conclusion: Everyone lives happily ever after.
posted by brownpau to MetaFilter-Related at 3:48 PM (33 comments total)

I know I am.
posted by boo_radley at 3:49 PM on June 23, 2006

I wish you wouldn't give him anymore attention.
posted by puke & cry at 4:01 PM on June 23, 2006

posted by beerbajay at 4:16 PM on June 23, 2006

posted by brownpau at 4:52 PM on June 23, 2006

Yay, time for a cuddle orgy!
posted by delmoi at 4:53 PM on June 23, 2006

(i.e. his bandwidth limit was exceeded.)
posted by brownpau at 4:53 PM on June 23, 2006

ha, trys to get ad exposure and his bandwidth is exceeded. Nice.
posted by puke & cry at 5:00 PM on June 23, 2006

Can't he, like, come here and flame out?
posted by languagehat at 5:00 PM on June 23, 2006

We may need a flameout-by-proxy. Volunteers?
posted by cortex at 5:06 PM on June 23, 2006

I don't think spammers need to be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A preponderance of the evidence should suffice, and here it looks like a preponderance of the evidence shows this guy to be a spammer. Nevertheless, the issue remains unresolved. If it were up to me I probably would have left it there to let the jackals tear away his flesh if he truly had spammed this link or let the truth develop if not. I feel for you brownpau, but let it rest.
posted by caddis at 5:45 PM on June 23, 2006

Well that its. I'm all done with you fuckers and your linkspamming and lying and your constant accusing me of being a liar.

I'll never post here again.
posted by disclaimer at 5:46 PM on June 23, 2006

Er, IT. Now I'm done with you, and your stinking lying typo making preview box too.
posted by disclaimer at 5:47 PM on June 23, 2006

I'm back!

How was my flameout?
posted by disclaimer at 5:47 PM on June 23, 2006

posted by caddis at 5:53 PM on June 23, 2006

I hate every single one of you sanctimonious, meddlesome fuckwits. Couldn't you just mind your own fucking business for once? I'm done. I'm through. No more Mr. Nice guy. I'm taking this fucking site out like 3 item sweet and sour combo w/ eggroll.

I want every single comment of mine deleted as well as any and all that reference me or I'm gonna get all Run-DMCA all over your cracker asses and you'll be having an extended nonverbal conversation with my posse of Harvard educated Samoan lawyers.

You guys suck greased weasels. I'm taking my balls and going home.
posted by loquacious at 6:29 PM on June 23, 2006

I deleted the post before I saw the owner's comments.

I'd say I'm totally on the fence, 50-50 as to whether or not it is a real thing. It certainly looks like you could sell some amazon books and make some adsense money hosting the site, but it could also be completely legit and the guy just reposted some story a guy sent him. So I dunno, I guess I erred on the safe side and removed it.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 6:35 PM on June 23, 2006

Fuck that; anyone seen loquacious? He took my balls.
posted by yhbc at 6:40 PM on June 23, 2006

"You guys suck greased weasels."

You know what they say: "The squeaky weasel gets the grease".

I dunno where the sucking part enters the equation, though.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:41 PM on June 23, 2006

languagehat: Can't he, like, come here and flame out?

You've really been hurting for a good flameout lately, haven't you? Maybe I'll see if I can put one together. I haven't posted here a whole lot, but that's evidently not a requirement any more.
posted by moss at 7:16 PM on June 23, 2006 [1 favorite]

Maybe we should all point and laugh at languagehat until he flames out.
posted by loquacious at 7:19 PM on June 23, 2006

flameout! moss - whoa! WE NEED PASSION HERE! GET PISSED - GET RIGHTEOUS - GET MAD - DON'T GIVE IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by caddis at 7:19 PM on June 23, 2006

Psst, yhbc - loquacious is back. Maybe you can sneak up on him and grab those balls again.
posted by Quietgal at 8:15 PM on June 23, 2006

shhh. I'm waiting for him to go to sleep. When he does, those balls are mine

heheheheheh. sweet dreams, loq.

posted by yhbc at 8:18 PM on June 23, 2006

Allright you knock-kneed pajama moistners, I've had enough of your mewling, pewling, handjobbery. I'm sick of the chickenfucking, the beer faceoffs, the pitchfork forking, the youtube-steaking, the underpants, the horsey eyerolling, the one-upmansship, the starship Enterprise, Jefferson Starship bashing, Jefferson Airplane partisanship, the P-Diddy apologisists, cultural theory, the Culture Club, Time Cube coddlers, coddled eggs, right to lifers, right to humpers, red right return, the right wing of the Green Party, people who think 9/11 happened on a soundstage in Uzbekistan, fingerpickers, fiddlelers, Xenu, asking questions, answering questions, 13 year olds with computers, 13 year olders being suaver than me, hipsters, hipster-haters, anarcho-syndicalism, self-linkers, autonomists, war boners, sweatpants boners, Ann Coulters pooper, poop, poop decks, the lido deck, Love Boat nostalgia, Kevin Federline, Kevin Federline's pharmacy tab, accordions, recumbent bikes, Daily Kos, Who is this Kotke guy anyway, callouts, the world cup, cup-a-soup, smartness, smarties, that's gonna smart, Don Knotts memorial threads, longboats, shortbuses, and fucking live preview.

I'm leaving and I'm moving in with Subcommandante Marcos and we're gonna build the raddest swampcooler and drive our Custom Van throught the streets of Paris at 140 hectares per Swatch beat and we're gonna eat meat and shop at Walmart and only buy Vegan Monkey Chow and live forever and never die and we're never coming back here because we've cut off our hands and our toes are too gnarled with irony to log the fuckety-fuck back in. Thank you, fuck you and may your much needed antibiotics turn out to be flinstones vitamins and yeast pills you rancid sacks of dung, oh you products of donkeys, you blanket clutching sob sisters, you keyboard fouling frito monkeys, SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS<>><>>iisjda!
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:13 PM on June 23, 2006 [3 favorites]

why is this not closed?
posted by puke & cry at 9:15 PM on June 23, 2006

Does eyeballkid hate us all again or has he decided he likes us? Because right now, we need a "I hate you all," from him to complete this thread.
posted by Lynsey at 11:51 PM on June 23, 2006

Ori had a pretty good flameout Just a few days ago. Languagehat even got to call out a sockpuppet. Good times.
posted by delmoi at 12:52 AM on June 24, 2006

Holy shit. I think I'm in love.

Hey, who stole my balls?
posted by loquacious at 2:20 AM on June 24, 2006

Ah well, better to have loved and lost than to have never balled at all.
posted by loquacious at 2:20 AM on June 24, 2006

It's over, but.

I was surprised to see that Matt closed the thread. I'm more 80-20 in favor of hoax, though. The comments left by the suspected party did not, in fact, add anything to the information that was missing. No location, no names, no log files, no screen dump, no license plate, no war-spammers' house picture, no war-spammers' street address, no further evidence at all.

Why can't we know where it happened? It would be completely legal and, in my opinion, ethical to give full details.

WEP was cracked? Sure. I've been to the Research Triangle a half-dozen times this year. It's no Manhattan, but I guarantee you there's no need for a war-spammer to crack WEP. Anytime I check my laptop for signals about one-third are wide open. There are seven signals total and three open from the house in the neighborhood where I stay when I am in town. Which leads me to another point: unless that apartment complex where this supposedly took place is empty, I have a very hard time believing that there's only one wireless access point in the whole complex.

"The blogger in question uses blogger.com" is apropos of nothing. What?

On point in favor of Mr. Jones for not hot-linking LinkSleeve in his rebuttal.

Minus a thousand points for his ridiculous justification for the false domain registration info. The email address is real, so how does that prevent spamming? All that's fake is the street address and the registrant's name—that doesn't stop spamming at all. And there's no way in hell I'm trusting an anti-spam company, LinkSleeve, that registers its domain with false information. Further, anyone with the tech savvy sufficient to stop spam should, well, be able to stop spam on their own email accounts, too, don't you think? I block 99.999% of my own spam and my email addresses are all over the Internet.

Domain names with dashes in them have always been the hallmark of black hat sites. They have never been recommended as a business's main domain because consumers forget the hyphens, so it behooves a business to get the non-hyphenated version, too, which they usually can't because owners of hyphenated domains are sometimes trying to piggyback on the reputation of another company that already has the good domain names registered.

Still, what's concrete about my suspicions? Little. A few coincidences. The most damning factor is that the story is lame. It's a big yawner.
posted by Mo Nickels at 6:55 AM on June 24, 2006

I'm feeling much better now. Thank you all for satisfying my flameout jones. Now if it would only stop raining...
posted by languagehat at 7:07 AM on June 24, 2006

my favorite bash.org entry.
posted by boo_radley at 8:51 AM on June 26, 2006

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