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  • I wonder how many of these we have at FARK...
  • NowhereMon: I wonder how many of these we have at FARK...


    That depends, do you mean individual people, or accounts?
  • DammitIForgotMyLogin: NowhereMon: I wonder how many of these we have at FARK...

    That depends, do you mean individual people, or accounts?


    Both.
  • "For a little over six months, I was paid to spread disinformation and argue political points on the Internet" "I would have kept doing it if the pay was better."

    Fixed for whoever it is.
  • They guy is well paid, but the company is in a run down building with a dirty office in a crap neighborhood. The thing of film noir legends.

    Shenanigans.
  • I'm guessing they do exist on Fark. I can't think of anything else to explain the long list of known threadsh*tters who show up in every single thread about a particular topic.
  • R.A.Danny: They guy is well paid, but the company is in a run down building with a dirty office in a crap neighborhood. The thing of film noir legends.


    Not without a blonde...the kind of blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.
  • Gulper Eel: Not without a blonde...the kind of blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.


    HA!
  • Rev.K: I'm guessing they do exist on Fark. I can't think of anything else to explain the long list of known threadsh*tters who show up in every single thread about a particular topic.


    I don't think that's the proof so much as they last a couple months, and then disappear to be replaced with an entirely new login created 4 days previously saying the exact same things.
  • James!: Sure he was.


    Of course!

    She gave me only a phone-number and an address, in one of the seedier parts of San Francisco
    "They don't have a website. Or even a name. You'll see. Just tell them I referred you."
    ...this "company" changed its name almost monthly
    "You can't tell anyone what we do here. Not your wife, not your dog."
    "We'll give you a cover story and even a phone number and a fake website you can use."
    ...making my living lying and heckling people who come online to express their views and exercise freedom of speech


    A fantasy written by someone who imagines that's what happens.  Not as if there aren't enough actual zealous people out there that voluntarily and willfully (and frequently) post the craziness, any of whom could be easily hired.  If groups are truly paying "non-believers" to do this, why would this super-secret network be revealed anonymously on "consciouslifenews.com"?  After all, even if the author signed an NDA and then stepped forward and went public after no longer working there, who's going to sue to enforce it?

    I also like how the editorial before and after kind of distances itself, yet gives it an overall endorsement of confidence.

    Stupid.
  • I see that he is still getting paid by the word.
  • James!: Sure he was.


    Are you just skeptical because you're a Moderator, and trolls tend to increase the number of posts in a thread and the number of times articles are viewed?

    You may not have noticed, but there are people who post the same thing in every thread relating to certain topics. It could be that they are bored and have a strong but ridiculous opinion about a topic, or it could be that they are paid. There are more reasons to believe that someone was paid to make posts on the internet than to believe that someone made up a story about being paid to post on the internet. What does he have to gain from it?
  • sweetmelissa31: James!: Sure he was.

    Are you just skeptical because you're a Moderator, and trolls tend to increase the number of posts in a thread and the number of times articles are viewed?

    You may not have noticed, but there are people who post the same thing in every thread relating to certain topics. It could be that they are bored and have a strong but ridiculous opinion about a topic, or it could be that they are paid. There are more reasons to believe that someone was paid to make posts on the internet than to believe that someone made up a story about being paid to post on the internet. What does he have to gain from it?


    1 Of course there are paid posters.  They've existed since the days when usenet was where people talked about stuff.

    2 The linked bit was B- HS level creative writing.  The author should stick to writing about things he knows and work on his adjectives.

    3 I pop up to say something bad about Reagan whenever his name is mentioned not because I'm paid, but because I'm still pissed off.
  • sweetmelissa31: James!: Sure he was.

    Are you just skeptical because you're a Moderator, and trolls tend to increase the number of posts in a thread and the number of times articles are viewed?

    You may not have noticed, but there are people who post the same thing in every thread relating to certain topics. It could be that they are bored and have a strong but ridiculous opinion about a topic, or it could be that they are paid. There are more reasons to believe that someone was paid to make posts on the internet than to believe that someone made up a story about being paid to post on the internet. What does he have to gain from it?


    Some people are so wildly self absorbed that they think people have to be paid to disagree with them.  We have the same kinds of people jumping into every circumcision thread or tattoo thread making the same arguments too.  Are they also paid?
  • "Tear down that wall"

    Still brings a tear to my eye.

    did that for free
  • I mean honestly, is there a vast conspiracy paying people to argue with you on the internet or did some dude troll Above Top Secret?  Honestly?
  • sweetmelissa31: James!: Sure he was.

    Are you just skeptical because you're a Moderator, and trolls tend to increase the number of posts in a thread and the number of times articles are viewed?

    You may not have noticed, but there are people who post the same thing in every thread relating to certain topics. It could be that they are bored and have a strong but ridiculous opinion about a topic, or it could be that they are paid. There are more reasons to believe that someone was paid to make posts on the internet than to believe that someone made up a story about being paid to post on the internet. What does he have to gain from it?


    It came out that Limbaugh has paid actors call his show so I suspect that paid trolls exist
  • James!: Some people are so wildly self absorbed that they think people have to be paid to disagree with them.


    Nobody thinks that everyone who disagrees with them is paid. But there are some fairly obvious trolls whom I'm sure you notice, but have your own reasons to claim they are not trolls.
  • Dr.Fey: James!: Sure he was.

    Of course!

    She gave me only a phone-number and an address, in one of the seedier parts of San Francisco
    "They don't have a website. Or even a name. You'll see. Just tell them I referred you."
    ...this "company" changed its name almost monthly
    "You can't tell anyone what we do here. Not your wife, not your dog."
    "We'll give you a cover story and even a phone number and a fake website you can use."
    ...making my living lying and heckling people who come online to express their views and exercise freedom of speech

    A fantasy written by someone who imagines that's what happens.  Not as if there aren't enough actual zealous people out there that voluntarily and willfully (and frequently) post the craziness, any of whom could be easily hired.  If groups are truly paying "non-believers" to do this, why would this super-secret network be revealed anonymously on "consciouslifenews.com"?  After all, even if the author signed an NDA and then stepped forward and went public after no longer working there, who's going to sue to enforce it?

    I also like how the editorial before and after kind of distances itself, yet gives it an overall endorsement of confidence.

    Stupid.


    Not sure if article is legit but this definitely occurs.  Stealth marketing has existed for many years.  It just a no-brainer that political organizations are using this method to one degree or another.  I think you would be naive to think otherwise.  A cluster of people in a run down building seems phony though.
  • It is much easier to create a blog and hire the moderators to push your BS.
  • sweetmelissa31: James!: Some people are so wildly self absorbed that they think people have to be paid to disagree with them.

    Nobody thinks that everyone who disagrees with them is paid. But there are some fairly obvious trolls whom I'm sure you notice, but have your own reasons to claim they are not trolls.


    Are they trolls or do they just not agree with the majority of farkers?  It's more conspiracy nonsense.  People think their opinions are so right and beautiful that anyone who disagrees is an obvious troll. Having a contrary opinion in a harsh way? Obvious troll.  Consistently having a contrary opinion? Obvious paid troll.  Having a consistently contrary opinion and not being banned? ZOMG OBVIOUS PAID MOD TROLL!!!
  • MrBallou: Off topic: Anybody heard from BillCo lately? I'm worried about him.


    He's a few threads down spreading his usual wisdom, warmth, and good cheer
  • GAT_00: Rev.K: I'm guessing they do exist on Fark. I can't think of anything else to explain the long list of known threadsh*tters who show up in every single thread about a particular topic.

    I don't think that's the proof so much as they last a couple months, and then disappear to be replaced with an entirely new login created 4 days previously saying the exact same things.


    It's easy to pick them out, they pretty much only show up during election season, then disappear as soon as it's over. Something about their posting style just doesn't fit with the culture here, because they aren't part of it. After several years of spending time on the Politics tab, they're pretty obvious me. I generally just scroll past their stupid propaganda garbage. It gets kinda maddening to see them stir up a thread, though. I wish folks would just ignore em and move on.
  • Nobody is saying that the majority of people who disagree with them is a paid troll. But some exist. You have a reason to ignore them, and are therefore freaking out.
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