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Quick Mention: Our Trolls Might be Fewer Than It Seems

Posted in Deception, Novell, Site News at 12:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

It is pretty safe to say that Novell and its partners have a growing habit of going around the Web and patrolling blogs, maybe even using ‘commenting brigade’. Novell is working on its public image. It’s the nature of protecting one’s own job and ecosystem. In some cases, E-mails are sent directly to the writers rather than address writers in the comments.

One new thing that I was able to find just moments ago is that sockpuppet techniques might be used as well. It is a situation where one person uses multiple identities. We have already caught such incidents before, but here is a recent example.

It might be a frequent occurrence, but we rarely look at IP addresses and other such details, unless a particular activity becomes too suspicious.

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  1. Laughing said,

    November 12, 2007 at 1:54 am


    Great catch – NOT! 217.226. is from the IP pool of Germany’s biggest Internet provider.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    November 12, 2007 at 5:48 am


    You may be right, but prior incidents include cases where all IP addresses were identical.

    As I’ve stated stated, we rarely ever check this (I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve checked such a things in the past year, i.e. since inception).

  3. eet said,

    November 12, 2007 at 11:25 am


    Gawd, you simply cannot believe that people don’t agree with the utter, slanderous and ill-researched shit you guys write?

    Well, let me tell you that I’m a student, but I wonder what you are.

    You write so much (never mind the quality of what you’re writing) that you either have _no life_ and no girlfriend or you must be doing it during your working hours. Which brings me to the question: Is somebody paying _you_ to write this blog?

    Note: comment has been flagged for arriving from an abusive Internet troll

  4. Anonymous said,

    November 12, 2007 at 3:46 pm


    > let me tell you that I’m a student

    I’m not. Isn’t that a great proof that we’re not identical? :-)

    > but I wonder what you are

    Professional mud catapult?

    > Is somebody paying _you_ to write this blog?

    Likely Mark S. is paying him. Now that this is disclosed, this site can be shut down. :-)

  5. Roy Schestowitz said,

    November 12, 2007 at 4:19 pm


    More slanderous baseless accusations. Maybe it’s time for a moderation policy?

  6. Anonymous said,

    November 13, 2007 at 3:40 am


    > Maybe it’s time for a moderation policy?

    For stories? I’m in favor of that. Would hopefully be a great help to raise the quality.

  7. eet said,

    November 13, 2007 at 7:49 am


    I actually find this site very, very entertaining – it’s like the Enquirer for Linux. Give me a Loch Ness Monster any day! ;-)

    Note: comment has been flagged for arriving from an abusive Internet troll

  8. Roy Schestowitz said,

    November 13, 2007 at 8:25 am


    The Inquirer added a facility for comments about a month ago. You can do your trolling over there, eet.

  9. eet said,

    November 13, 2007 at 11:41 am


    At least it is well-known that the Enquirer is not to be believed. It’s important to point out to readers of this blog that they cannot trust what you write here.

    Note: comment has been flagged for arriving from an abusive Internet troll

  10. Roy Schestowitz said,

    November 13, 2007 at 3:28 pm


    Be specific if something that we say it incorrect. Unlike the Inquirer, we don’t announced that “Dell dumped Linux (in the UK)” because some forum thread somewhere on the Web had some anonymous chump thinking so.

  11. Anonymous said,

    November 13, 2007 at 4:19 pm


    Do you think that anyone has the time to read everything you write Roy? :-) Not even talking about correcting and replying to every of your inventions and allegations.

  12. Roy Schestowitz said,

    November 13, 2007 at 5:14 pm


    If you find inaccuracies, feel free to suggest a correction (yet, we post corrections too). If you say nothing, you can’t make vague and general claims about overall inaccuracy.

  13. eet said,

    November 16, 2007 at 4:49 am


    OK, just started correcting you (see ‘front page’). Don’t say you didn’t ask for it…

    Come to think of it, I did point you to inaccuracies before.

    Note: comment has been flagged for arriving from an abusive Internet troll

  14. eet said,

    November 16, 2007 at 4:50 am


    “you can’t make vague and general claims”

    You should print out that sentence of yours and cast a good, long look at it every time you feel the urge to write a blog entry.

    Note: comment has been flagged for arriving from an abusive Internet troll

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