I’m wondering if anybody else has noticed these. We’ve had around 30 that I’m aware of in the last couple of weeks, and none at all before that, AFAIK. We changed our sign-on system about the same time, and I’ve no idea if there’s a connection, or it’s just coincidence. We have been having issues since the change with recording IP addresses, and none of these has an IP recorded.
They all follow the same pattern: the website link is left blank, and the profile text is curtailed at 250 characters. Most have no links, and where there are links they are invariably in the form of a bald URL - no anchor text used. I’ve even seen one where the 250-character cut-off came in mid-URL. Many of them have the distinctive tone of “spun” content.
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While I’m not suggesting this is bot activity, it’s horribly bot-like. Any suggestions for combating it would be welcome. (I would still like to see an option to block profile text for TL0 users.)