April 03, 2006

Jennifer the Russian Spam Posting Bot.: All from "MosNews". If they were all espn links, I wouldn't suspect too much that she was trying to drum up traffic. Never replies to our commentary. We've discussed this before in some of her threads, sort of hoping she'd defend herself, but the Mosbot just keeps going.

posted by jerseygirl to navel gazing at 08:21 AM - 75 comments

posted by NoMich at 09:37 AM on April 03, 2006

Yeah, 14 links and only one comment. The one comment was actually another link. Hmm, sounds suspicous to me.

posted by njsk8r20 at 09:52 AM on April 03, 2006

I have 2 ex's named jennifer, my step brother has one ex named Jennifer. Girlfriends mind you not wives fortunately. Back to the point, I have not come across a Good one named Jennifer yet. Give her the Hammer, for everyone's sake, and in my brothers case safety!

posted by jojomfd1 at 10:58 AM on April 03, 2006

Thanks for spotting this, jerseygirl. The account has been banned.

posted by rcade at 11:03 AM on April 03, 2006

Woo-hoo. Time to start drinking!

posted by 86 at 11:11 AM on April 03, 2006

Back to the point, I have not come across a Good one named Jennifer yet. we're not all bad jojo. there just happens to be a lot of us (personally i think this movie is to blame). so you're bound to find a few bad ones in the mix.

posted by goddam at 11:15 AM on April 03, 2006

njsk8r20: Where do you get that wonderful smiley from? In general, I hate seeing them in discussion boards (as they are often overused and stacked up like cords of wood in some posts), but that one actually made me laugh out loud.

posted by grum@work at 11:39 AM on April 03, 2006

Wait ... was Jennifer hot? On second thought, I have dated two Jennifers, both of whom were as fucked up as football bats. Carry on.

posted by wfrazerjr at 12:00 PM on April 03, 2006

I've dated one jennifer, no complaints here

posted by tron7 at 12:41 PM on April 03, 2006

I went to school with twenty-seven Jennifers. Sixteen Jens, ten Jennys and then there was her.

posted by yerfatma at 12:45 PM on April 03, 2006

njsk8r20: Where do you get that wonderful smiley from? Believe it or not, I ran across it while doing an image search for a spawn icon. It made me laugh too, so I kept it in my pocket till now. I figured if there ever was a good time to use it, it was here. I never did find that spawn icon I was looking for.

posted by njsk8r20 at 01:08 PM on April 03, 2006

thanks for the lead, yerfatma.

posted by garfield at 01:09 PM on April 03, 2006

I recently dated a Jennifer. She was sweet and warm and a wonderful person. Then she got engaged to her boyfriend.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:10 PM on April 03, 2006

Oh, and don't worry qbert. Now that I have shared it, I will never use it again.

posted by njsk8r20 at 01:22 PM on April 03, 2006

I do not know any good non-bitch Jennifers, either.

posted by jerseygirl at 01:51 PM on April 03, 2006

I have an Aunt Jennifer. Hasn't contacted us in a few years...

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 01:55 PM on April 03, 2006

Did she move to Moscow by chance?

posted by jerseygirl at 02:03 PM on April 03, 2006

Of the three leads on Friends, for the first few years Jennifer Aniston was the hottest. And then she cut her hair and gave it up to Ross, so much for her. *wakes up to reality* Hey, I had lunch with Goddam and she wasn't a bitch.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:00 PM on April 03, 2006

Of the three leads on Friends, for the first few years Jennifer Aniston was the hottest. And then she cut her hair and gave it up to Ross, so much for her. It had nothing to do with her hair or giving it up to Ross. It had everything to do with her outfits. She went from wearing tight-fitting tops and skimping skirts to business suits. Some of the things she wore in season 1 and season 2 STILL pop-up in my daydreams. /just finished watching all 10 seasons of Friends on DVD, a gift I gave to my wife for Xmas.

posted by grum@work at 03:07 PM on April 03, 2006

the gift that apparently keeps on giving... to your daydreams.

posted by jerseygirl at 03:15 PM on April 03, 2006

Access to her code Lovestruck was my mode Took a look, dropped my textbook Jenifa... (oh!) Breakfast, broke it fast She was in my english class Asked for notes, rocked my boat Jenifa... (oh!) Jenny Lost her favourite penny So I gave her a dollar She kissed me (and I hollered)

posted by NoMich at 03:40 PM on April 03, 2006

thanks bill.

posted by goddam at 03:54 PM on April 03, 2006

Uh-oh, did I fuck up the font on this page? Sorry.

posted by NoMich at 04:06 PM on April 03, 2006

Was her user # 8675309?

posted by mbd1 at 04:06 PM on April 03, 2006

Nope I fucked it up. I've finally done something with my life. I need to call my mom and let her know.

posted by jerseygirl at 04:19 PM on April 03, 2006

personally i think this movie is to blame Well, if you want to ruin the name Jenifer (one N, mind) for yourself then there is another movie to ruin that name. ruin it. R-U-I-N it.

posted by gspm at 04:22 PM on April 03, 2006

Did she move to Moscow by chance? No idea. I think she went somewhere in Northern Michigan, but if she ended up in Moscow I would be in no way suprised.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:13 PM on April 03, 2006

If it helps, one of the voices in my head says that her name is Jennifer, but the other nine say that she is lying...

posted by wingnut4life at 07:08 PM on April 03, 2006

I'm still confused as to what the problem was? the links were all legit even though they were to the same page... Am I missing something?

posted by everett at 09:47 PM on April 03, 2006

Self-linking maybe?

posted by NoMich at 09:55 PM on April 03, 2006

I guess I'm just a little concerned that "jennifer" is getting banned even if she is self-linking. The site does not have popups, and the articles are not horrible; they are maybe a litttle bit trivial and certainly they are only russian themed, but they are not bad! She's not making stupid, ignorant, or poorly spelled comments, and she consistently is providing topics that at least some people have found interesting and worthy of discussion. So what if it is a self link? People post their own columns all the time. I really think a ban should be reconsidered, but I of course don't have much say in that.

posted by everett at 10:14 PM on April 03, 2006

People post their own columns all the time. I really think a ban should be reconsidered, but I of course don't have much say in that. I think the problem is that she's posting these links to what is probably her own site, and isn't making any other contribution to SpoFi. She hasn't commented on ANY other links. Heck, she's only posted one comment. If she's simply posting links to SpoFi for the sake of increasing her GoogleRank or pageload count, then she's not really a member in good standing. Turning SpoFi into a link farm for money is something the admins would probably like to avoid.

posted by grum@work at 11:02 PM on April 03, 2006

So what if it is a self link? People self link to get traffic to their site. Allow self links and you destroy sportsfilter. It's kind of like gambling in baseball. It's rule number one. People post their own columns all the time. Yep, by design. The columns are a part of sportsfilter. Members use their own time and energy to make sportsfilter better. Jennifer, like any other member, was always welcome to submit a column. I really think a ban should be reconsidered, but I of course don't have much say in that. Members have a lot of say here. But banning a self linker is going to be automatic since it goes against the very purpose of the site--- finding interesting links, not using sportsfilter to bring traffic to your site.

posted by justgary at 11:07 PM on April 03, 2006

ok... I guess I understand about the google ranking, so that makes more sense now, but I don't really think she was taking anything away, and some of the articles were interesting. Still, I understand... I think.

posted by everett at 02:53 AM on April 04, 2006

Self-links are against the rules. Columns are different, because we encourage users to write them as an alternative to self-linking. Also, users don't post links to their own columns on the front page. The admins choose when a column should be promoted there.

posted by rcade at 07:15 AM on April 04, 2006

It's not the quality of the site she's self-linking to, Everett. It's the fact she's doing it.

posted by jerseygirl at 08:35 AM on April 04, 2006

I think ESPN owes us money.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 10:19 AM on April 04, 2006

I think ESPN owes us money. If so, so does Yahoo. Seeing as they finally made the Forbes 500 ( 482 Yahoo! ) list dont they make a good "target" for at least an out-of court settlement?

posted by Folkways at 10:46 AM on April 04, 2006

I know a guy who dated a Jennifer, and within a week he got fired from his job. Then there was this other guy, dated a Jennifer, within six months, dead. Fell in the bathtub. Down a flight of stairs. Into another bathtub. With a toaster in it. (The guy who built the house for Jennifer was killed weeks earlier.) If you want to get rid of this Jennifer, fine. But somebody's gonna have to inform SpoFi's more voyeuristic set that this will mean a roughly 30% reduction in links to Sharapova pics. And it ain't gonna be me. This could hurt membership. It could.

posted by BullpenPro at 01:12 PM on April 04, 2006

She even has her own movie comming out next year. I kid you not :-) JENBOT Plot Outline: A young woman finds is targeted by the government. Their plan? Turn her into a cyborg.

posted by Folkways at 01:40 PM on April 04, 2006

I hope the movie tagline is something like... JENBOT: Resistance is futile, COMRADE!

posted by jerseygirl at 01:42 PM on April 04, 2006

rcade, or any admin, I was wondering, when you ban someone, do you just delete their account, or do you send them a warning or something? or does it depend on the situation?

posted by njsk8r20 at 05:11 PM on April 04, 2006

I would like to know that too. And, when banning them, is their account deleted or can they just not log in on it? For example, I know of profiles I think have been banned but you can still veiw that profile and the posts that they made.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:22 PM on April 04, 2006

SpoFi: I must break you. ...with Russkie-related posts.

posted by lilnemo at 07:27 PM on April 04, 2006

For example, I know of profiles I think have been banned but you can still veiw that profile and the posts that they made. Database Administration 101: Nothing is ever deleted. You would break data integrity if you actually pulled user rows out of the table. Instead there's typically a status flag associated with the record (Active, Inactive, Pending, Bear Fucker, etc.).

posted by yerfatma at 07:57 PM on April 04, 2006

I was on to Jenifer so long ago when I dubbed her resident kremlinologist in a locker room thread regarding awards and accolades. But the archives are mysteriously devoid of that comment (and thread), and two men in black hats sitting in an Olds Delta 88 outside my house appear to be keeping an eye on me.

posted by holden at 11:38 PM on April 04, 2006

I remember that, holden. And those guys? Nothing to worry about. I have a couple of those too - I think everyone does these days. I was going to post a new thread in here (and still might) about this guy. I am wrestling a moral dilemna as far as he is concerned. mgero hasnít posted any links or comments to SportsFilter and hasnít posted any threads or comments to the Locker Room and has written 5 columns. So, I think, he's in the same bracket now as Jenifer, except he's not taking us to a site, just taking us to a column he has written. I suppose (and here's the kicker) I wouldn't mind if his columns weren't badly written and often way out with the facts. And another thing - why does his profile page address end with his username and mine ends with my number?

posted by JJ at 04:22 AM on April 05, 2006

Banned accounts remain in the database, but they can't log in. When we delete an account entirely, all comments associated with that account disappear from the site.

posted by rcade at 06:48 AM on April 05, 2006

Is that what happened to the guy that was trying to tell us about the UN helicopters at baseball games and avoiding flouridated water?

posted by yerfatma at 07:19 AM on April 05, 2006

No, I'm still here.

posted by rocketman at 07:35 AM on April 05, 2006

If there's a status flag named bear fucker, is there a twink fucker? Inquiring minds want to know.

posted by HATER 187 at 07:39 AM on April 05, 2006

I was going to post a new thread in here (and still might) about this guy. I am wrestling a moral dilemna as far as he is concerned. I'm not in a dilemma. I love F1. mgero makes it boring. He's not a member of the community, and his columns don't give me more than an AP recap. Where's the style, the opinions, the analysis? I may step in with F1 columns myself, just to get rid of those.

posted by qbert72 at 10:08 AM on April 05, 2006

and his columns don't give me more than an AP recap. Qbert, I was curious about that. That's the way they read to me also, but I don't know enough about F1 to know if he's adding anything not in your typical espn/yahoo writeup. It also seems a tad bit strange when someone doesn't participate in any threads, even their own.

posted by justgary at 10:45 AM on April 05, 2006

I just happened to comment on the mgero column this morning. First one of his ive read, but now also find it strange that he only posts columns. So I geuss the ? I asked him will likely go unanswered (by him anyway).

posted by Folkways at 11:09 AM on April 05, 2006

I don't know enough about F1 to know if he's adding anything not in your typical espn/yahoo writeup. He's not. My impression is that he's doing this to pad his CV, and someday get a paying gig at an agency doing this kind of writeup. He needs an editor, too.

posted by qbert72 at 11:20 AM on April 05, 2006

Tell mgero to get his own blog? I mean, if he's not a part of the community at all and merely posting columns, he's basically renting SpoFi as free blog space, right?

posted by jerseygirl at 11:30 AM on April 05, 2006

Phew - there was me thinking I might get called out for calling some innocent young F1 enthusiast a shit writer. To be fair, I think he's trying his hardest, but they just read to me like a) he didn't really watch the race - just read something and reiterated it - and b) English isn't his first language. In fact, reading it again, it's almost like someone invented a really clever bot, sat it in front of the TV and came back three hours later to find an F1 column spat out. I'm not going to go through it line by line, but: "... defending world champion Fernando Alonso managed to easily put his Renault on the top podium for the second time this season, with a five second victory over Kimi Raikkonen..." The podium is the whole thing (first second and third) - and whatever it is, no one put a car on it. And he won by 1.829 seconds, not five, but that's irrelevant anyway because the story was that without the safety car, he'd have won by about a minute and a half (and thereby lapped just about everyone). I think the best solution is what qbert said - someone else write a column (or link to one) after every F1 race to keep him off the subject!

posted by JJ at 11:46 AM on April 05, 2006

I didn't know you were an F1 fan, JJ. I always thought I was kind of alone here. Maybe I'll start writing those columns after all, if there is a public.

posted by qbert72 at 11:48 AM on April 05, 2006

Nah, you aren't alone, q. I dig me some F1 action too. Though, I am probably the only MotoGP fan here at SpoFi.

posted by NoMich at 12:21 PM on April 05, 2006

To be fair, I think he's trying his hardest, but they just read to me like a) he didn't really watch the race - just read something and reiterated it - and b) English isn't his first language. Before publishing the first one I actually checked around to make sure it wasn't coming off the ap wire, and couldn't find anything. I also thought that english probably wasn't their first language. In all honesty, I don't have that much of a problem with the quality. We have some writers here that are fantastic, and it's probably unfair to compare him to those writers. Plus, it's nice to have discussion about more than the standard 4 or 5 sports. But not being part of the community, not commenting in any of the threads, even when someone will ask him a direct question, is a little troubling to me.

posted by justgary at 12:54 PM on April 05, 2006

I think the only mildly interesting content of the columns, the relatively poor writing and the lack of participation add up. But the lack of participation is the kicker. I mean, if he participated, I wouldn't even be bringing this up, as we could coach him so he could put out better stuff.

posted by qbert72 at 02:06 PM on April 05, 2006

I agree qbert.

posted by justgary at 02:10 PM on April 05, 2006

I am probably the only MotoGP fan here at SpoFi It's my secret shame, too.

posted by owlhouse at 04:38 PM on April 05, 2006

Hey, I'm no closet case for MotoGP. I love it, it's highly entertaining, especially when Valentino Rossi is riding. It doesn't matter how far back he is in the pack, you can never count him out. If you watch NASCAR for the wrecks, you need to watch guys spilling off a motorcycle at 150MPH.

posted by NoMich at 05:10 PM on April 05, 2006

I love MotoGP. I've been a huge fan for the last few years, although I'm getting tired of Rossi's dominance. This year has started a bit more interesting - the Ducatis might surprise Yamaha and Honda. It would be great to have some MotoGP links in the Auto Racing Motorsports category.

posted by dusted at 05:50 PM on April 05, 2006

Yeah, I think Capirossi who has won three straight on his Ducati and the Kentucky Kid, Nicky Hayden on his Honda, are going to push Rossi hard this year. But what I like about Rossi is that he is never out of the race, no matter where he is in the pack. The very last race of 2005 saw him about 15 seconds behind Capirossi, but Rossi slowly reeled him in and if he had about two more laps, he would've won. Last week's race in the season opener had him wreck on the very first curve on the track, but he still caught up to some people even though he was about 30 seconds behind them. It's just amazing what he can do. I wonder if BMW will ever develop a bike for MotoGP. I'm kinda surprised that they don't have one now.

posted by NoMich at 06:21 PM on April 05, 2006

Uhhh... Derka, Derka, Muhhamad... Jihad.

posted by everett at 01:53 AM on April 06, 2006

I love me a bit of F1, and I watch the MotoGP if I happen upon it (as I often do - BBC show it most weeks it's on) - the main attraction for me of MotoGP is Rossi - I love people dominating the field. As for Mr Gero - ought someone to drop him a line and ask what he's up to? Ought that someone to be me, since I brought this up?

posted by JJ at 05:00 AM on April 06, 2006

I think a little more direct communication would be good. What he's doing doesn't seem all that bad to me. It might just be somebody practicing his English, and not comfortable enough to participate in the conversation. jennifer's sin was a bit different since she looked like she was shilling for another, external site.

posted by Amateur at 09:42 AM on April 06, 2006

Last week's race in the season opener had him wreck on the very first curve on the track, but he still caught up to some people even though he was about 30 seconds behind them. It's just amazing what he can do. Yet he would have been only 10 or 15 seconds behind had he not stood there waving his fist... It's hard to criticize, since getting bumped off your bike on the first corner of the first race has to be a crushing blow. I see it as a positive: now Rossi will have to work that much harder to win it this year.

posted by dusted at 09:49 AM on April 06, 2006

Are the riders allowed to just jump on the back and get back into the race after crashing? For some reason, I'm under the impression that the bike has to be briefly inspected by those two track officials before you can ride it again. Maybe it's just a coincidence that those guys get to the bike before a rider gets back on it. Besides, for those that are sick of seeing Rossi on the podium every freakin' week, there's still that rumor that he will be jumping to F1 next year. Despite the denials.

posted by NoMich at 10:05 AM on April 06, 2006

Man, you guys are trying to get me hooked on MotoGP, are you? My brother is always singing Rossi's praise. Now you get at it too? Amateur, I don't think anyone is calling for a ban on mgero. It just feels a little weird that we now have regular F1 columns from someone we don't know, who is not the best writer here. But on the plus side, he's actually doing it, so props to him. It gives us all an occasion to talk Formula 1, which I like.

posted by qbert72 at 10:14 AM on April 06, 2006

qbert, I agree. And for those of us who don't follow F1 it could be a nice recap, if the writing was easier to follow.

posted by Amateur at 11:18 AM on April 06, 2006

Are the riders allowed to just jump on the back and get back into the race after crashing? For some reason, I'm under the impression that the bike has to be briefly inspected by those two track officials before you can ride it again. Maybe it's just a coincidence that those guys get to the bike before a rider gets back on it. Yeah, they're allowed to jump back on. I've seen it happen many times. Besides, the people running out there are just corner workers. Their job is to flag corners, get crashed equipment out of the way, and help injured riders. They're not qualified to inspect a MotoGP bike. Hell, I'd bet most of the riders couldn't do more than a cursory inspection.

posted by dusted at 11:30 AM on April 06, 2006

Thanks for the info, dusted.

posted by NoMich at 12:48 PM on April 06, 2006

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