Spaminator Needs Your Help

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Spaminator is a project headed by @patrice and aims at flagging blatant post and comment farms. These farms use bot to upvote otherwise totally worthless content most often than not also created by bots.

The Spaminators


Spaminator was created 4 months ago and aims to flag those posts and comments farming to 0$.

Those posts and comments are more often then not easy to identify as part of spam farming due to receiving an unusually high amounts of votes. Their payouts aren't necessarily huge payout but in the end they add up.

Those spam farms usually transfer those gain to one account before transferring them all to an exchange giving further indication these accounts are all parts of spam farm.

Flagging those posts and comments to 0$ redistribute the rewards to the reward pool benefiting every author equally.

Spaminator Is Looking For Steem Power Delegators


Patricia aka @patrice (yes she's a girl) is well equiped to flag those accounts. I've talked to her for hours on end for the last 2 weeks in a quest to learn more about her project's aims and needs.

I was blown away to learn through one of her post that there was known farmed post that would received there reward because she didn't had enough Steem Power to flag these posts.

I and others help her with flagging some posts and comments but there was a lot and it was a consumming task which I felt needed automation as much as possible. The whole project and automation part are getting better.

Three day ago she told me that there was around 220$ worth of reward pending for those farms. A lot more have been taken in the past by such farms and thing risk getting worst if they aren't opposed.

I've calculated that around 40,000 Steem Power would be needed to flag those 220$.

I've already delegated 5,000 Steem Power to @spaminator. We are looking for an additional 35,000 Steem Power.

People with small amount of Steem Power or that aren't a witness should probably keep their Steem Power to themselves. This community request is mostly aimed at large SP holders and witnesses.

Looking For Wide Support

To ensure the project as a wide support, I would rather see 40 persons delegating 1,000 Steem Power rather than a smaller number of people delegating larger amount of Steem Power.

Delegating Steem Power to @spaminator will also help @patrice getting payed for her work.

@pfunk and @fubar-bdhr and me are helping @patrice with this project.

Supporting Patricia's Work


She is currently publishing daily report about what she flags. This project will evolve as needed and she will keep the community up-to-date on the project.

Patricia is doing a very valuable work for Steem. She's also a very important part of @steemcleaners.

I have supported Patricia with upvotes and made her one of my best paid author since I read her post: "A Day in My Life on Steemit".

I'm roughly 14 hours into my day if my math is right. Some days I think I should just set all my clocks to UTC time. A good 11 of that I have been here on steemit working and writing this post.

Not every day is like this. If it was I think I'd quit. Seriously.

Like I said, Patricia's work is very valuable for Steem and I fully support her.

People who want to support the project can help by supporting @patrice's posts and approving @patrice's witness.

100% of the reward from this post will go to @patrice.

Steemcleaners

@steemcleaners was created by @anyx and now @pfunk, @fubar-bdhr helps with the project. All 3 operate a witness.

I fully support @steemcleaners. That being said, I see copyrights laws as having a negative impact on human society but I support the work of Steemcleaners which oppose people posting content without proper attribution.

steemcleaners.org

Taking A Stance Against Spam Farming


I could have asked privately for people to delegate SP to this project but I choose to do it publicly instead and give this whole issue and the people working to curtail it the highlight they deserve.

For those who will be delegating Steem Power to @spaminator make sure to look at how much Steem Power as been delegated already. I'll be updating this post with how much everyone is delegating as those delegation are received. Thank you in advanced.

For those who think posts and comments farming are a bad thing and would prefer to see those reward going back to the reward pool, just make sure to consider supporting the witnesses who support this project.

Supporting the witnesses of those who support spaminator and mentioning this in the comment will send a direct message to other witnesses and will definitely help make Steem better.

Delegation To Spaminator

Time Delegation

@patrice -> Vote for witness
@fubar-bdhr -> Vote for witness
@reggaemuffin -> Vote for witness
@nnnarvaez -> Vote for witness
@anyx -> Vote for witness
@pfunk -> Vote for witness

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@xeldal 10.627 -> Vote for witness
@teamsteem 10.478 -> Vote for witness
@ausbitbank 2.088 -> Vote for witness
@finnian 2.055
@cheftony 1.082
@justinashby 1.029
@netuoso 1.027 -> Vote for witness
@steevc 1.0
@drakos 0.616 -> Vote for witness
@nettybot 0.513
@gohba.handcrafts 0.32
@mahdiyari 0.309
@shello 0.205
@crimsonclad 0.205
@awesomianist 0.205

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My witness now rank #32. I'm very grateful to everyone. All this support is really pushing me to become a better person and do more for others.

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Thank you for reading and for commenting! I read all comments and appreciate them all except the spam obviously!

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Thank you @teamsteem & everyone who's commented. I've responded to a few of the comments here but spammers never sleep it seems. I really do appreciate all the support the community has given me over the past months.

Every delegation or donation adds up!

Hello and thanks for your noble work! I have noticed some people will quickly reply to a post, and then instantly they will have their reply to the post upvoted by a ton of accounts. It isn't people doing it either. They are using some sort of bot or service. Has this issue been addressed too? It's another problem I see with the platform, and I'm hoping we can resolve it. Again, thanks!

I have delegated 1,000 SP to @spaminator to help the cause too.

Awesome! Thanks @finnian! I'm not sure I understood what you meant. If I understand you correctly what you describe is part of what @spaminator is fighting.

If you think there's another issue just let us know here or in private. @spaminator is always improving.

It may be the same thing. Your posts are a good example. You'll have a trending popular post, and some random person will reply quickly with a short reply. Then as soon as they post that reply, they will get 10-15 upvotes to their reply. It is automated though, not real people upvoting. I've had this happen on my posts before. When I ask the person about the auto upvotes their reply got, they will always feign ignorance too.

I've noticed some short comments getting lots of votes too. I've even had some meaningless comment get upvoted more than the I did for the artilce I wrote!!
I agree that this needs addressing and is probably harder to notice and monitor than posts, as comments can appear anywhere.
Great project, I'm going to follow and upvote @patrice and @spaminator. Wishing you luck and success with it all.

Thank you for your work Patricia! This is only the beginning!

I know I came across this post a little too late and I don't have enough SP to delegate but I appreciate what you're doing here. Let me know if you need an extra hand to flagging down spams, not only in english but other languages as well LOL... @patrice... keep up the good stuff :)

Thank you! I'll keep you in mind if I do.

i dont know the rule of witness please tell me,,,,,....

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You're worried about the $220 that this comment farm has been exploiting. What about the thousands that the whales rape out of the reward pool each day? What about the whales that bully, censor and threaten on this platform? Do you have the guts to take a stand against them as well and do what's right or will your hammer of justice just fall upon the weaker guys?

It's not just 220$. The amount overtime was so large that I preferred not to mention it.

People can't allocate the part of the reward pool they don't control or own, then can only allocate the part they control or own. If someone would be able to control part of the reward pool that isn't their, that would be akin to thief or communism and that's not what Steem is about, it is in some sense the exact opposite.

Things can't be censored on Steem. As for bullying or any undesirable behavior, we should entertain the opposite behavior and try to cultivate the environment that facilitate the behaviors we want for ourselves and others. I'm working on setting up those environment but this isn't a one day deal. Patience is required for some goals to be achieve.

Whoever feels like they have been unjustly flag by Spaminator can appeal to them.

I am seething about a post which I found 'hidden'. There is no such thing as hidden, as You Tube and Google have taught us. If it is hidden, it is as good as censored, when in social media.

The person did nothing wrong, no plagiarising and nothing else bad that I can see. He posts his own material and in this post of 9 days ago, he has some upvotes, even if they are not worth any money, he has had 30 visitors, but his post gets hidden for being of low interest? Surely that should disqualify at least 90% of all posts? Why is he being picked on?

((I see he is from Nigeria and when he saw my comment addresed to Steemit, he sent me a message, telling me he is thinking of withdrawing from Steemit. I've asked him not to do so. ))

Then, once I have clicked on unhide and enter his post, now I find his images are hidden, as a separate hide function. Then all his comments are hidden as a separate function, again!

The reason, for low interest in his post! So what, is that now a crime here?

I am preparing to make a post protesting this very strongly. If you feel I am wrong, please go to my blog and check under my comments what I intend posting, or else ask me to give you his url, and I will hold off so as to give you a chance to advise me where I am wrong - if you think I am.

If I have not heard from you, or someone, within 24 hours, I will then post, as I think it is only fair that as many Steemitians know about these systematic forms of bullying and censorship.

Hope to hear from you and thanks for reading my comment.

I just saw the post that you mentioned. I'm unsure why that account has started randomly downvoting. I don't have the SP to personally combat their downvotes on posts that do not contain any abuse. I urge anyone who is downvoted by @triplej to visit #steemitabuse and ask for help. There are volunteers that stop in and will help upvote posts that are flagged maliciously.

Censorship is when something is made unavailable. Hidden is not censorship.

You should provide me with the url. If you feel prefer doing it privately you can too, through the steemit.chat

Let me add that we are not in control of other people's actions. We can disagree and can make our disagreement public.

Thanks for responding, as I can see from just this page how busy you are.

This is not the time to debate whether it is censorship or not, let us just say we agree to disagree and if you have some free time one day, we can discuss it. Anyway, my comments were based on a misunderstanding (I confess I did not think it through, as I should have) but I thought this had been done by whatever passes for a monitor or Admin here. I'm glad it is not so.

I am more concerned by something I perceived to be an injustice.
This is his link:
https://steemit.com/homesteading/@haryormidei/benefits-of-having-a-small-fruits-veggies-garden-or-farm

There is another post, about gaming, not much further down, which has also been affected. I did not check any further down.

I look forward to hearing you have dealt with the matter and he is free to continue posting.

Btw, I should mention, I only first visited his site now and did not know him, so I am solely upset by what felt like an injustice to me.

It happens sometimes on Steem. The best thing to do is asking the person why they down voted and try to understand them and try to see if we can change their mind if we disagree with them. Also, the reward has been return to the reward pool.

How do I find out who did it?

As for comment about being returned to the reward pool, are you saying the victim, if he truly was blameless, loses his money, or that it is given back to him?

Sorry, but I think you were presuming I would understand more than I do.

Thanks for reminding me who the good players are around here so I can vote for their witness, I've been busy moving! :)

I'm glad you are enjoying my effort and I'm grateful that you've expressed it!

I hope the moving part has and is going well!

Take care Shakti!

Thank you sweetie...you're the best xx. All settled in for the most part now. Now back to work here :)

Thanks for the update @teamsteem. I appreciate the help you've shown and im going to vote for you as a witness now that I remember.. appreciate you my friend. Go Canada! 👍😎

Thank you! I appreciate your support!

Drop by teamcanada chat on discord sometime, love to chop it up with ya! Cheers

I'm solely a Canadian because I was forced to. Nonetheless it's true that people which are geographically close share something important.

I'll try to drop by in the chat more often in the future.

thnx....

your smile is so natural....

Thank you so much for making this stellar post, this will be sure to give @spaminator the power they need to stop these farms right in their tracks!! You all ROCK!!!

Thank you for all your support and help over the last few months. It has really helped.

You're welcome, I wish I could have done more! Thank you for your absolutely tireless efforts, I'm so so so so happy that it's paying off now! :) This is such awesome news!

We'll do our very best. I have my ideas on how to achieve this.

Exciting times :) :) Horray for Solutions!

Thanks for this important initiative to keep the blockchain clean :)
I don´t have that much SP to delegate, but I vote for you as witness!

Thank you for your support.

People who want to support the project can help by supporting @patrice's posts and approving @patrice's witness.

Already did that!

Would you consider voting for my witness to help us Steeming the world we all long for?

Just gave my 10th vote to @teamsteem


And drew your portrait today in my "I Tried! - Illustrator - Episode 5"

Awesome! Thank you! And awesome artwork! Thanks! I love it!

i will vote for you on witness category...thanks for wonderful info..

I’m glad you liked it :)

Hey there sweetie! So today is my one year anniversary, and I decided to do a collage style tribute-- the picture at the top here is so cute, and the picture of you-yep also cute, haha! Anyway, if you get a chance to take a look-

https://steemit.com/steemit/@dreemit/my-one-year-anniversary-a-steemit-journey-in-collages

Hi @teamsteem
Have not seen this post until now, but it's important that people read it.
and I will vote @patrice's witness
Re-steemed
NOTE It was too late to re-steemed, so I create a small post with link to the post

Thank you @xpilar! Patricia is awesome! She's doing awesome work for Steem!

Yes, we need help with fighting spam.
Appreciate what she does with it

If I had that much steem or even some where close to it I would have definitely delegated it to help my friend @patrice though for now all I can do is give my best wishes to you @teamsteem .... OHHHH and yeah the witness upvote too Hahah :) Best of Luck

I don't have much, but this is one of those services that everyone who cares about the quality of Steemit should be taking note of- and after we talked about a greater need for this sort of service, I'm happy to help in some small way. I've pushed a bit of SP to @spaminator; it may not be much, but it's awesome to see so many people pulling together to improve the platform for all.

Thank you! I really appreciate it.

Any time! I keep around half of my meager SP delegated out where I can. You know where to find me when you require any help or support that requires a more personal touch. :)

Thank you @crimsonclad!

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