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ASCII Spammer - [Resolved]

[EDIT: Ethicz. HAS BEEN BANNED FROM DISCUSSIONS] (And the Duolingo staff weren't that slow after all.)

I saw there were some new comments on a Discussion I followed, but when I looked, they were all by this user named Ethicz.. I've reported abuse, but the Duolingo team always seems to take time doing stuff, so I decided to post it here so maybe the mods could see it. Look here. His spam covers half the page.

spam

I think the discussion should be cleaned up by a mod.

May 23, 2017

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BonBonChat

Is it a bot or a person


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyanOkushi

I think Ethicz. is a real person, not a bot, since his profile is all set up and everything, and he has actual progress in French.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J1ng3rT41ls

hey, there is a black streak covering your whole pic. and it is making it hard to see. just thought i would let you know. :)


[deactivated user]

    That's the spam...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimnicholson

    The black streak is text that has been turned 90 degrees.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyanOkushi

    Heh. Thanks for telling me.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyanOkushi

    I'd love to see this guy comment on here with all of those symbols.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrenchFireBird

    How did he do that?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyanOkushi

    You can add tons of combining characters <- (look there) on top of normal characters to make them stretch up or down. They're basically half of a letter, that can be merged into a normal letter to build up on top of the letter, above the letter, or below the letter.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Casper_duo

    Well, that is creative spam.
    I'm having a hard time deciding if it's more annoying than interesting.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyanOkushi

    I'd say it's more annoying.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

    If you zoom in, unfortunately there is no secret code designed to test the intellect; it's just a lot of combing unicode characters, as RyanOkushi says above:

    Another user named DuoHacks is doing it on this thread; they are probably one and the same person, and the intent is obviously malicious.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyanOkushi

    It seems the spam comments have been deleted on your thread.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/King_Of_Beasts

    dang! that looks really bad! but how did he get the black marks on the discussion?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyanOkushi

    Read the comments above.

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