• 𝕊𝕚𝕤𝕪𝕡𝕙𝕖𝕒𝕟
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    38 months ago

    I’ve already seen and reported an obvious, low-effort spam comment. Looks like they don’t use particularly sophisticated methods.

    • @PerfectParanoia
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      38 months ago

      I guess the openness of the registration process and instance creation would invite this low effort type of attack. I also bumped in a post that reported community name squating, where accounts were creating empty communities with popular subreddit names in order to sell them later on I guess? I just don’t see the actual benefit of it, it seems more of an oppurtinistic play more than anything else.

      • 𝕊𝕚𝕤𝕪𝕡𝕙𝕖𝕒𝕟
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        8 months ago

        Community name squatting doesn’t make sense at all because different instances can have communities with the same name. So unless they manage to create one on all of the big instances, that’s completely useless.

        • @PerfectParanoia
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          28 months ago

          That’s what it seems like to me too. Plus there is nothing stopping admins of instances transferring ownership in these situations.

            • ruffsl
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              28 months ago

              When @'ing or pinging someone by username, the auto complete will suggest matching users from across federated instances. So typo squatting could be a thing, or user impersonation. But it’d be rather transparent when it occurs, but some could still fall for such tactics, just like with email spam or phishing scams.

              • 𝕊𝕚𝕤𝕪𝕡𝕙𝕖𝕒𝕟
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                18 months ago

                That’s a problem for sure. And if someone has a display name, someone else can create a user with the same avatar and display name on another instance, and pretend to be them.

                • ruffsl
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                  18 months ago

                  Do you think we should sellshow little blue checkmarks for users from your same home instance? 😆

                  • ruffsl
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                    18 months ago

                    That said, it might be nice for users to be able to tag others (privately viewable only by the tag author) to lable users they’ve veted before, sort of like RES. Users could keep track who is authentic from a prior interaction, like friends, but also who is just a troll, etc. But perhaps that better left user or client side customizations.