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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:32 am    Post subject: Nintendo - spamming forums? Reply with quote

I've noticed bot here, and on every other forum, there have been people signing up just to posts the question: "Is anyone buying a Wii?"
example: http://www.moonpod.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=2756

I've taken to mailing the people who do this on out forum to ask them if they are a bot Smile Usually no reply, but yesterday I got one from board user 'Kaylzy99' :

"Not that i know of... but im not sure what a Bot is?"

I then asked them why a person with the user name Kaylzy99 has signed up to loads of forums (search that user name on google) posing the same question, and if they had been paid to do it. No reply yet though. This user appears all over the place, subtly pimping ipods etc, and also Symantec's TRULY AWFUL web game. The question is whether or not this is coming from Nintendo directly, or if some marketing scum they have employed have been organising it.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The other thing to bear in mind is that Nintendo have some pretty rabid fans. It's not beyond the bounds of belief that a script-kiddy Nintendo fan decided to "evangelise".
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weeble wrote:
The other thing to bear in mind is that Nintendo have some pretty rabid fans.

I thought that, but then: rabbid fans who post an identical message to hundreds of forums on the same day? and who also post 'win an ipod' competition notices?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought we were talking about bots? I had envisaged a few script kiddies running bots for the fun of it. If it's just human gruntwork then it seems rather more likely that there is some kind of financial structure behind it.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's definitely a person, since they emailed me. (OK, a bot could do that, but it doesn't look 'botty')
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not all-or-nothing, though. A single person can run a very diligent bot (or network of bots) and still have attention to direct to anything unexpected the bot turns up. You can see it much more vividly in an MMO - disrupt a gold-farming bot or group of bots for long enough and their human operator will notice and attempt to do something about it - either assuming direct control of the previously highly robotic characters, or logging in as another character.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it must be something like that. They're all up to somehting stupid aren't they?! What with those silly fake youtube fan vids MS and Sony made, and now this.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about Sony's "all I want for Xmas is a PSP" site? They're either really desperate, really stupid, or both. It's a shame they took the site down, because it was the best laugh I had in weeks at just how thinly disguised those ads were (especially the "This is not an ad" ad - that just cracked me up at its patheticness). They forgot the most important thing though and that's that people wouldn't set up a site that good (most likely they couldn't) just for a psp.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is definitely happening.

Do a google search for: JNJ wii

the username JNJ has spammed loads of forums about the wii (Just deleted them from here).

What the hell is going on? If I could actually trace this back to Nintendo, then I'd cancel my Wii order (spammers and people that support them by paying for their services should get prison sentences)
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