It’s good to hear that the rides are open again, isn’t it? Hopefully this could be the start of a real recovery for Buffalo Bill’s!
Yes, there is. But when it becomes that remote, the safer (and easier) play is to assume your 99% gut instinct is right.Is there a possibility, however remote, that he wasn’t a bot?
I'd say it's pretty high, actually. It's hard to make a script to write posts that sound genuinely on-topic (without being extremely generic, such as always answering "this is an interesting thread" or something like that), never mind the bit about coming back a few days later to edit the post. So it's usually done manually, by a genuine human who signs up and posts in hundreds of forums a day.Is there a possibility, however remote, that he wasn’t a bot?
What @Hixee said: they will edit the post later. They would not try to "steer the conversation", but make it look like they've been talking about their online casino all along. For instance saying something like:The thing that confuses me is; how can someone posting relevant news about the rides being back open lead the conversation onto whatever site they’re presumably trying to advertise?
Let's just say I get extremely trigger happy with the banhammer when a new user signs up to post in this topic. Particularly when he answers to the "Fave Coaster" and "Fave Park" questions on the profile page by repeating the questions. The news about the rides being open also aren't substantiated by any other source. I'm gonna guess its source is "the thread title says something about some rides that are closed, let me make up something that sounds on-topic so my post appears legitimate".
If Kurjeg is a real, legitimate user he's welcome to sign back up to the site with another account. But this is not the thread to make one's first post in for anybody who wants to appear to have a genuine interest in coasters.
That's like taking the cheese out of the mousetrap, though. If we wanted to get rid of the problem we would have locked the thread, but it's more fun this way.Would taking the word Casino out of the topic title help? It may take a little while but eventually it would drop out of any Google search results wouldn't it?
I usually leave in peace any account that has managed to give a sensible answer to the "Fave Park/Fave Coaster" questions when signing up, and they usually get a pass if they make their first few posts in on-topic threads too (a couple of weeks ago, we had a user who seemingly signed up to bump an eight-month old thread in General Polls - let's just say we suspected him of not being here to talk about coasters). If the first thing you fill out in your profile is the "website" field but don't make any posts, that's a flashing red flag as well.Just out of curiosity. How did you know I wasn't a scammer? Or what if I am?
*slap slap* “You’re in too deep man. You haven’t seen your children in weeks!! Think of your family!!!” *slap slap*That being said, I'd be curious to see what would happen if a spammer managed to attain a genuine interest for coasters while building their post count towards the limit where they can post links.