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#1 posted 08-13-2013 08:50 PM

Lew, that is what I suspect too. And I find it sad. I know LJ is free for us and that the ads pay the bills, and the ad revenue is based on traffic. That’s just business on the internet. But it just doesn’t feel right when you know those numbers are so inflated because of obvious spam accounts. Some poor schmuck trying to make a living with a web-store is getting stiffed on his advertising budget. Not all those ads are for Amazon or Rockler. Some are for small sites who probably blow through their monthly quota by the 2nd of the month. If we know it as users, the forum owners have to know it, and google/bing/aol/etc probably know it too with their tracking and analytics.
There are so many security add-ons that would turn the flood of spammers into a trickle, or stop them outright – ranging from captcha’s and IP-banning up to moderator-approval of new accounts.

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