How can we deal with the new abusive upvoting behaviours?

in witness-category •  15 days ago

Have you noticed some posts are getting several hundreds of upvotes recently? Anyone has figured out what is happening? I strongly suspect that those upvotes are fake because those posting have very few reward and also no or very few comments. There must be upvoting bots connected to hundreds of dummy accounts with zero Steem Power.

Look at these examples:

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I think this movement is abusive. Bots are pouring hundreds of fake votes (of each is a separate transaction) into our blocks, that may disturb or interrupt more important transactions like transfer. Probably these bots are targeting to make a profit by being paid for increasing upvote counts, with some bigger ambition to abuse the reward pool when the account based voting is introduced.

Do you think this is just ok? What can we do for this as a witness?
I know there is nothing we can do for now, but I think it is worth to discuss.

@asbear

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The behavior itself is not abusive but it is definitely a suspicious indicator. Get in contact with @SteemCleaners about this, they track down bot nets.

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Simple reward pool abuse, they occupy the first 10-20-30 votes in the first 10-20-30 minutes, based on previous high net worth authors. As long as the system allows it, i cannot blame them. They play according the consensus rules. The rules should be changed, not to allow creation of hundread/thousand strong bot nets.

얼마전에 제 포스팅에도 이상한 외국 계정들이 보팅을 하더군요.
대충 느낌이 봇들 같던데 기존 보팅봇들이 미끼를 던지는 식도 아니고 뭔가 의심스럽긴 했습니다.
몇 번 그러다 그만둔 걸보니 뭔가 테스트 삼아 돌려본 거 같기도 하고요.

Do you really think they are abusing...I am not contradicting your statement....but there are few people whole just vote with 0% voting power ...so that may also be a reason for not getting $ as expected

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That depends on the voting power of every single upvote. Newly created accounts have a very low vote value. But interesting stat to be tracked.

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요즘 들어서 이 현상이 부쩍 늘었는데
봇들이었군요...ㅠㅠ

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Tasteem에서는 1 Voting 을 2 점으로 계산합니다.

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흠.. 그럼 저런 봇이 몇백개 찍어주면 점수가 상당하겠네요?

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그래서 가끔씩 문제가 생기고 있어요. 본인이 부탁 했는지 누군가가 멋대로 응원했는지 구별이 어려워서 Tasteem 서포터도 골치가 아픈것 같습니다.

Thanks @asbear for obviating this hype in this platform! I think it is driven by bots towards Rewards.
Nevertheless, it is unproductivity ctive to the community , hence it should be discouraged by regulatory!!
I have resteemed for wider reach.