how to detect bots and spammers

first you have to understand why bots and spammers (not all spammers are bots) are doing what they're doing, which is either: • exploiting the minds rewards system by making lots of posts and getting lots of engagements on their posts and comments • getting people to go to their website, where they can steal your info and money this is bad because • minds gets filled with spam and junk (over HALF of posts were spam a week ago) • jerks get rewarded for ruining the site, leaving less rewards for you now that you understand those are the objectives, keep that in mind when you look at an account. is someone making tons of low-quality low-effort posts? if not, who cares, leave them alone. otherwise, go down this list of suspicious activity: 1. 10+ posts a day 2. posts have no caption or a template caption 3. links outside of minds, especially to a blog 4. has posts with a lot of RMs (15+) but not many more likes (usually a bot ring RMing each other) 5. crypto links in profile 6. name format is words### (like @cryptoanus32) 7. avatar and/or cover photo are default pictures (lightbulb and landscapes) 8. leaves generic comments like "wow" "great" "no way" on others' posts (to bait upvotes) 9. has minds+ but isn't verified 10. RMs and subscribes to other bots #10 is the best tell. just doing one of more of these isn't a guarantee. just because a spammer is not doing a few of these doesn't mean they're innocent. you're going to have to use your judgement. it's not serious if you're wrong, since it will be reviewed by other bot hunters and minds staff. if you think you've found a bot or spammer, post their @name on the bot thread here: https://www.minds.com/deckenkatze/blog/bots-1228121205616713728 (preferably with a screenshot of something especially suspicious they're doing) and they'll get looked into by our team and possibly added to the list. and finding one bot/spammer usually means you can go down their list of subscribers and find a bunch at once.

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