After listening to that excellent solecast with Erin Gallagher, it got me wondering just how thecollective copes with bots here, if at all? It's become pretty obvious to me, after years of lurking here and some recent research, that this place has several bots in permanent residence.
Is this common knowledge in the thecollective and you're simply overburdened with the workload required to address this problem? You just rip down obvious spam and let the slightly more sophisticated scripts dominate and seed all the threads with thinly veiled anti-leftist memes or constantly argue that all visible anarchist activity is misguided or pointless?
Note that when pressed, the users of the bots will reply on their behalf and then immediately go back to spamming "leftists are the enemy but all other anarchists are useless/spoiled brats too and should give up" noise for another few weeks until another legit commenter wages war on one of the bots and drags the bot-operator away from his hentai to be like "Don't censor me, waaah".
Rinse, repeat. Perhaps the laziest psy-ops ever? I wish I was just being paranoid but I sincerely doubt I am.
Is any of this a revelation to anyone? Am I just the last person to clue in?