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Old 02-03-2012, 02:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Second Life Arab Bot Conspiracy

This is really puzzling me...I've been finding more and more Arab bot farms in SL recently. Today I found another sim with over 100 Arab bots.

I keep finding them, day after day and I really am interested in how these sims make money. What is the purpose of them?

Traffic gaming bots were supposedly a reportable offense and yet these sims continue to flourish. It really makes one wonder about the concurency in SL and if the Lindens are in a partnership with these Arab controlled sims in some way. Can anyone think of what these sims are for?

Anyway, here is the latest. And note, all these bots, many of them have a Jan 2012 creation date. And also, what's with these bot names, Zos4, Zos5, etc.? Crazy, Weird, and Bizzarre.

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Old 02-03-2012, 02:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How do you know they're Arab bots? Is the tag indicative of something?
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How do you know they're Arab bots? Is the tag indicative of something?
Yes. Every one of these sims, at least 5 or 6, have keywords of Arab in them, and in most of the bot profiles, you can make out what looks to be like arabic text\glyphs, etc.
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I think someone just wants traffic to their website.
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I think someone just wants traffic to their website.
How are these sims allowed to exist for so long and avoid AR's?

Everyone keeps saying that traffic bots have no use anymore, yet, they are still everywhere, and it is so easy to see how they are still gaming traffic. There must still be some big money in this somehow that people are making. Even if it is for advertising to the website, it's still gaming the SL system in a bad way that was supposed to be stopped.
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Maybe they're part of a workaround tactic for the new llGiveInventory() cap. (^_^)
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How are they sims allowed to exist for so long and avoid AR's?

Everyone keeps saying that traffic bots have no use anymore, yet, they are still everywhere, and it is so easy to see how they are still gaming traffic.
Just goes to show how little traffic means now. I've never found such a place in search lately. =^-^=
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Just goes to show how little traffic means now. I've never found such a place in search lately. =^-^=
I find these all the time in search almost every single day.

I would have to disagree about traffic meaning little these days. As a store owner, I still count traffic quite a bit, and somehow, these bot sim owners must be making money off these sims, so they are still counting on the traffic for profitablity of some kind as well. So, traffic numbers are still very important, contrary to what many people have been saying recently.

Myself, and the Arab's can't be the only people who still find traffic a useful metric.

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You obviously go out of your way to try to find them. Probably using an old viewer too.
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Direct link to the bot nest:
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Bot nest? I though we sprayed for those.
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You obviously go out of your way to try to find them. Probably using an old viewer too.
Using the very latest Project Snowstorm viewer. (remember, I'm into cutting edge tech when it comes to SL), I am constantly trying to get the Lindens to upgrade the outdated graphics engine of SL. I upgrade my system frequently for 1 application, that application being SL.

I don't go out of my way at all to find these bot farms either.

I found these just by typing the word Club in search (under Places) and then hitting the 'Sort by Traffic High to Low' button.

This sim was #1 in that sophisticated search. Just looking for a popular club to hang out in, nothing more. Fact is, I wasn't even looking for bots. Wasn't even on my mind. I was just looking to see where everyone was hanging out, and clubbing is probably one of the top 5 things to do in SL. I am now curiuos about the angle these arab sims are using. How are they making money from this? And, if they are, is it illegal to do so?

The past, it was said that Linden Lab routinely checks for these traffic bots and removes them. I think they stopped looking. http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Lind...ial:Bot_policy


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If they're registered as scripted agents they're not gaming traffic and not breaking any rules. Only LL and their user know if they're thus registered.
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Many of those sim use "bots," or names they create and log in simply to raise their traffic stats. If you turn on radar you can usually find 50-100 "out of range" and suspiciously similarly named avatars idle on many of those sims. Interestingly enough, it's mostly khaleeji or saudi owned sims that practice this- moreso than others.

I know Im a sad panda when I expect an awesome party and teleport in to find no one there
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...then hitting the 'Sort by Traffic High to Low' button...
Ah, so traffic matters to you because you force the issue. I would never enable that button. I'm not into finding bot farms. (^_^)y
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Today I found another sim with over 100 Arab bots.
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Really?

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It's getting so bad, these Arab bots are breaking into the real world.

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I find these all the time in search almost every single day.

I would have to disagree about traffic meaning little these days. As a store owner, I still count traffic quite a bit, and somehow, these bot sim owners must be making money off these sims, so they are still counting on the traffic for profitablity of some kind as well. So, traffic numbers are still very important, contrary to what many people have been saying recently.

Myself, and the Arab's can't be the only people who still find traffic a useful metric.
Check with Lowes to help your business. They have some advertising money to burn that they are not spending on a certain tv show, so this issue seems right in their wheelhouse.
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Ah, so traffic matters to you because you force the issue. I would never enable that button. I'm not into finding bot farms. (^_^)y
Some people like that button, others don't. Not really forcing the issue at all. If someone wanted to go to the busiest club in SL, they would press the same button. I guess the button is there, and we just should never use it?

How come you would never enable the button? Is it against your religious beliefs?
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Well that's a little trollish.
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Many of those sim use "bots," or names they create and log in simply to raise their traffic stats. If you turn on radar you can usually find 50-100 "out of range" and suspiciously similarly named avatars idle on many of those sims. Interestingly enough, it's mostly khaleeji or saudi owned sims that practice this- moreso than others.

I know Im a sad panda when I expect an awesome party and teleport in to find no one there
This is the thing I'm trying to understand. We all know saudi's are very intelligent when it comes to oil purchases. So, is there something sly they are doing with online traffic gaming? Some way to turn an easy profit?
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This is the thing I'm trying to understand. We all know saudi's are very intelligent when it comes to oil purchases. So, is there something sly they are doing with online traffic gaming? Some way to turn an easy profit?
Dude, really?
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This is the thing I'm trying to understand. We all know saudi's are very intelligent when it comes to oil purchases. So, is there something sly they are doing with online traffic gaming? Some way to turn an easy profit?
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