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Offline Robert F. Whittier

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Curious user name: coincidence?
« on: March 02, 2019, 01:30:26 PM »
There is a bogus membership application from somebody with the username "lucilewz69." Except for the "z69," this is the first name and family name initial of my mother who passed away on January 4. Would anybody be trying so hard to get onto our forum that they would carry out the research to find names of people we might be fooled into admitting? Or do you think that this name, even with its atypical spelling, is just a coincidence?
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Re: Curious user name: coincidence?
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2019, 08:32:58 PM »
I think it is just a sad coincidence.
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Re: Curious user name: coincidence?
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2019, 09:10:44 PM »
Sorry to hear about your mother, Robert. I think it's most likely a sad coincidence. Can I ask why you think it's bogus, rather than real?
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Re: Curious user name: coincidence?
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2019, 09:20:19 PM »
Without giving too much away, there are three pieces of data we collect from applicants that we can investigate. Like about 99% of applicants, this person has a history of spamming.
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Re: Curious user name: coincidence?
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2019, 11:21:00 PM »
Without giving too much away, there are three pieces of data we collect from applicants that we can investigate. Like about 99% of applicants, this person has a history of spamming.


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Re: Curious user name: coincidence?
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2019, 08:14:51 PM »
It's not as automated as we (Morgan and I) might wish, and a bit of judgment is required, but we have tools that help. There is a lot of cutting and pasting. But if somebody is trying to join and a regular member gives us a heads up and vouches for the person, things will probably move faster.
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Re: Curious user name: coincidence?
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2019, 09:13:24 PM »
Thanks to both of you for doing this important job.
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Re: Curious user name: coincidence?
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2019, 02:17:52 PM »
Yes....

Thanks to Morgan and Robert!

I was lucky to get in before the vetting got stringent!!

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