Turning A Blind Eye To Suspicious Activity On Steemit?

in steemit •  2 years ago

This is a response to this "intro post" by mined account @livingthedream, that managed to get 220 dollars in 2 hours, despite being the first post by an unverified account.

https://steemit.com/life/@livingthedream/technology-and-society-my-thoughts

I'd like to ask you, fellow Steemians, how you feel when you see such suspicious activity?

https://steemd.com/@livingthedream

If you feel the need to tell me I'm just jelly, let me assure you I'm absolutely not. To be clear: Every day I see posts getting high payments, posts that I don't consider particularly great, however it doesn't bother me because I know they are from unique, verified accounts, and people who are making a genuine, long term effort to contribute.

It's just so conspicuous, seeing a first-ever-post with very little meat (IMHO) getting no comments, and a chunk of instant whale love.

Am I barking up the wrong tree, or putting my nose where I shouldn't?

Perhaps it's simply a matter of whale votes being followed by bots, but surely an unverified intro post isn't worth this kind of cash? It's up to 257 dollars, and growing, as I write this.


Speaking of suspicious

Completely unrelated to the above, but @omotherhen alerted me to an account earlier with a plethora of spun, plagiarised content. Unfortunately, that is not very unusual. What was unusual was the advanced method used to avoid detection. Special characters which look just like regular text. Some of them stand out, such as the bold q in the text, but others require spell checking to highlight their "textual camouflage". More worrying still, some of the articles received copious Upvotes.
https://steemit.com/@silvershadow111
I have no qualms about asking you, dear readers, to give that account your fullest scrutiny. That is not a witch hunt. That's a fox, caught in the hen house.


I remember one of the whales in an interview describing Steemit as nothing more than a "Social Media Game". Sometimes I'm reminded of that, and it's very disheartening. Maybe I should just pretend I didn't see it.

Luckily there are people asking questions, watching the watchmen, as it were.


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Nobody is obligated to verify their account here (apart from through registration) and if we go about insisting people verify themselves before we reward them then this website would just feel hostile for new users. I read the post and think it's worth the money. But I understand your concerns.

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It's not the post people take issue with -- it's the curation.

I often wonder what would happen if the effort used to plagiarize and steal was instead invested in original work.

If someone has the creativity, knowledge and know-how required to use special characters that mimic text in order to not get noticed as a submitting a plagiarized article, couldn't the same person share something original and interesting with us?

I'm sure that they could at least pick up some scorpions and rattlesnakes... That seems to be working well for me anyways.....

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hehehe. epic :D

I think there will always be little guys like @silvershadow111

The case of the Introduction is more alarming to me. I watch the new list, and I constantly see posts that start getting big upvotes almost instantly. (When I say always, I mean often a few times a day) But, it is obvious no one had a chance to read it before the bots start voting it up.

I am concerned about the integrity of this whole SteemIt "thing".

The plagiarism issue is a plague and a pox on us if we allow it. It's simple enough to prevent, both in our own writing (obviously!) - but also in posts we publish by proxy for others. I just did a post on this topic, including a few easy tools people can use to check their work for quality and to be absolutely sure it's original... and I've used them anytime my spidey senses start tingling as I read posts on Steemit, too.

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Spidey sense goes a long way.

If you saw my last post I think you know how I feel about it.

Yes, when I see someone making a lot of money for similar posts over and over, and who hasn't really introduced themselves (as some claim that is a necessary criteria for upvote)...I think it is just favouritism or a friend or relative or someone...maybe even a 'sock-puppet'.

it's only 200 bucks. what difference at this point does it make? the state is stealing TRILLIONS from us all. if i get mugged for 200 dollars, it sucks, but i'll live. i do understand the sentiment but, i see all kinds of legitimate accounts, full of garbage, making enough money to live on. i work hard on my writing. i've only just started here, though. i can't complain about a few who take advantage. if people don't respond to quality soon, though, i'll have to start pushing out crap, that seems to be what most people want, so i can live. there are thieves among us but, there always have been. if it irks you enough, throw the flag on the play.

Yeah someone who hasn't posted anything suddenly getting upvotes from nextgen like that is a bit odd. He has multiple people voting with his accounts, I'll ask him directly if this is a good vote.

also curious how they have a rep of 51 and no curation efforts to speak of and 2.0xx SP at the moment

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If their post has gained traction financially the rep will jump. I have had one post that gained financially and it brought my rep from 38 to 50. And now I'm back to pennies to the rep doesn't grow much :)

why are you flagging me bitch? you and all your friends flagging me and I haven't even beeon steemit a full hour. you don't even have the self respect to say why your doing it. have fun killin steemit. I will tell everyone I know about how new members get treated here. your mom must be embarrassed that your alive with the way you act. I know she raised you better then that. fucing cunt bitch faggot

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Hi otter. I flagged you, not because of your colorful language, which I in fact, commend. However, calling people faggots and cunts isn't cool mmkay? Hence flag. Good luck on your fucking quest.

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wait was it "not because of your colorful language" or was it because I said " faggots and cunts" ater they were flagging me? both sound like the same thing. I didn't flag you for cussing but I did flag you for cussing. that's some logic, it don't matter im over this site already to many bitchs that flag for no reason and no community to tell them to stop or the community supports it, either way im over it. your killng your own site when its still in beta. lol fucking smart yo

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Did you just finish a sentence with "yo". OK, that explains everything.
Please, sod off, yo.

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Weren't you part of the 'don't feed the trolls' talk we had last night @condra ;)

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great comeback to me pointing out the shit your talking. I said yo so it must all be lies right? no response to the " I didn't flag you for cussing but I did flag you for cussing"? -smh- have fun killing your beta site. lol