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Thoughts on propaganda and advertising

After reading this article that was linked on here a few days ago, there was something that occurred to me. The same tactics that are used for advertising here (in the US, probably most of the imperial core but I don’t know enough to sa…



I don’t care about karma or whatever, it’s more of, you’d hope that if something got downvoted, it would be because there was some issue that needed to be addressed with it, and then said downvoter would hopefully post about what that was. Which was definitely not the case here. Though maybe I have my expectations too high in general? I never really used reddit, just glanced at some stuff on occasion.


Can we do something about that chronic downvoter?

Doesn’t seem like there’s much of a pattern to the downvoting, and they’re not leaving any comments about why they’re downvoting, so it makes it hard to tell if someone has a legitimate problem with a post, or if it’s just that one (presumably) person again. Is there a way to block them somehow, o…



…Apparently it actually is an anarchist slogan, taken from some book or something. Supposedly it makes more sense in context, but given that the context is apparently quite niche even among the left, I really can’t understand why they would use it there. It’s just begging for it to be taken out of context and used as more fodder against the left.




Would the ability of the NSA and possibly the police to decrypt phones be due to a backdoor, and if so, could installing a different OS on the phone help prevent that?


I know this is off-topic, but what was it like growing up there?


It looks like in order to decrypt it, they need access to a key that’s stored somewhere on your phone. Does anyone who has a better understanding of this know if encrypting your phone would be enough to prevent that (assuming they’re not able to get ahold of it while it’s unlocked)?


The guy who made that video said he got visited by the DHS for a previous video he did on police brutality, with them concerned about the video’s “anti-American sentiment”. So that’s kind of terrifying.


Not so much anymore, unfortunately. There’s now software that’s able to solve captchas, sometimes even more efficiently than humans. It’s possible the bots wouldn’t be using it, but captchas are so common that there’s a good chance they are, that or a captcha-solving service.


For the three other people who were also wondering, apparently they also streamed it to youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFpfKW_Hmhw I would recommend avoiding the comments.


What if someone used a separate program for writing/editing articles? Wouldn’t the time spent editing be inaccurate as a result?


If the bots are using a VPN, it might be possible to block certain ranges of IP addresses based on that, as I’ve seen some websites do, but that would prevent any legitimate users who are using that VPN from making accounts. It also wouldn’t necessarily be a permanent solution if more bots arrived using a different VPN, or if the current bots switched to another VPN. You could block VPNs altogether, but that’s probably not ideal.

How much control do you have over the wiki and its software? Are you hosting it yourself?


You might need to temporarily disable new members until you can figure out a way of confirming them that the bots can’t get around. It could be as simple as adding some small change, depending on who’s doing this, whether they have access to the bots’ code, and whether or not they’re targeting enough other wikis that they won’t notice if their bots start failing on this one.


Most likely bots, given what I’ve seen in the past. You’ll want to keep a close eye on that; I’ve seen wikis where the search became completely useless due to spam articles. If I recall correctly, there were hundreds of thousands of them.


I missed this due to timezone confusion. Can anyone tell me how it went?


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