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Old 25th May 2018, 3:44 pm   #21
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Old 25th May 2018, 4:35 pm   #22
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You keep a knocking but you cant come in !!!!!!!
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Old 25th May 2018, 4:52 pm   #23
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It is this work (by Paul et al.) that makes this forum so good. The content helps too!

Two gold stars (at least) to the mods. and admin..
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Old 26th May 2018, 7:44 am   #24
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What is in it for spammers? If they manage to sneak past the protection that is. I wouldn't have thought a vintage tech forum would be a prime hunting ground for ner do wells.

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Old 26th May 2018, 8:14 am   #25
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Spammers don't know that though, any more than they know that attempting to post spam here is futile.
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Old 26th May 2018, 9:47 am   #26
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Search engine listings. Spammers think the more often links to their rubbish appear in popular legitimate websites the better their search engine placing will be, because it adds to their credibility.

They don't really consider where they post, they just want their link to appear popular so post in as many places as possible in the hope that some of the links will survive.
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Old 26th May 2018, 10:44 am   #27
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Let's not forget that we all work for Google now - the results from recaptcha attempts are fed to the mothership and used by them in all sorts of ways, as they say "Millions of CAPTCHAs are solved by people every day. reCAPTCHA makes positive use of this human effort by channeling the time spent solving CAPTCHAs into digitizing text, annotating images, and building machine learning datasets. This in turn helps preserve books, improve maps, and solve hard AI problems."

This sums XKCD's take: https://xkcd.com/1897/

Of course one must remember we get Google for free - well, in exchange for all our personal data yes, but free... right?
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Old 26th May 2018, 12:39 pm   #28
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As has famously been said- if the service is free, then YOU are the product....
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Old 26th May 2018, 7:16 pm   #29
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OTOH, if it were not for their ilk, we'd have to pay, but probably wouldn't, and so miss out on a wealth of knowledge.
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