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I'm seeing more than one post like this:

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Are these hijacked users or something?

Clarification: I know it's ascii art, but I saw it posted twice from more than one user within minutes of each other. Obviously it could be the same user with more than one account, but I thought I'd check and point it out.

Ex:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3110014/is-this-valid-java/3113396#3113396

I found the first one I saw:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3113247/side-effect-free-methods-in-the-java-standard-library/3113295#3113295

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Could be a co-worker messing about with his/her account, as only the most recent activity has stuff like that. I think a mod should take a look at this. –  Jon Seigel Jun 24 '10 at 20:18
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Unless it's someone going for the Peer Pressure badge ;) –  ChrisF Jun 24 '10 at 20:32
    
Just flag the post as spam and move on. –  Lawrence Dol Jun 24 '10 at 20:32
    
There's another on SU superuser.com/questions/37392/usb-microphone-too-quiet/… –  ChrisF Jun 24 '10 at 20:33
    
@ChrisF same user from one of the ones I posted, so maybe it's just someone spamming. Stackoverflow, like facebook, would be a popular target for a "social" virus, however. –  Jonathon Jun 24 '10 at 20:34
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@Software: except that it is not spam –  Andreas Bonini Jun 24 '10 at 21:35
    
@Kop: It most certainly is; it's a post which simply adds noise and provides no benefit whatsoever. –  Lawrence Dol Jun 25 '10 at 0:03
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@Software: that's not the definition of spam. Spam is unsolicited bulk advertisement. Check wikipedia :O Also keep in mind that if enough people flag it as "spam" the user loses 100 or 200 reputation (I don't remember); so it's not something that should be done lightly or with very broad definitions of spam, at least IMO. –  Andreas Bonini Jun 27 '10 at 0:33

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There's a deleted answer by the same author that looks something like this:


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Looks like it took him a couple of attempts to get right.

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They're both Java questions... my guess is that I__ saw mcandre's post, thought it was funny, and tried to copy/paste it, but took a little while to get the spacing right. –  Randolpho Jun 24 '10 at 20:35
    
@Randolpho very possible. –  Jonathon Jun 24 '10 at 20:37
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Somebody just let the air out of that one. –  Bill the Lizard Jun 25 '10 at 0:29

Did you see his question:answer ratio?

That's obviously an account fishing for easy rep

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I don't know -- there are identical posts from other users. They certainly don't garner rep when they get downvoted 4+ times like the other one I saw. –  Jonathon Jun 24 '10 at 20:19
    
Do you have any other links? @jon –  jmfsg Jun 24 '10 at 20:20
    
I couldn't locate the first one I saw, only noticed it when I saw the second one. –  Jonathon Jun 24 '10 at 20:20
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Wow. With a 99% accept rate, he's gotten nearly 3/4 of his rep from just accepting answers. –  Bill the Lizard Jun 24 '10 at 20:39
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That's disgusting. Perhaps it's time to put a rate limit on how many +2 bonuses one account can receive. –  Ether Jun 24 '10 at 21:00

It's just an old-fashioned piece of ASCII art.

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Yes, but I've seen it posted from more than one user within minutes of each other. –  Jonathon Jun 24 '10 at 20:20
 _____      _         _ _      _   _   _     _      _ _   _     
|     |   _| |___ ___| | |_   | |_| |_|_|___| |_   |_| |_| |___ 
|-   -|  | . | . |   |_|  _|  |  _|   | |   | '_|  | |  _|_|_ -|
|_____|  |___|___|_|_| |_|    |_| |_|_|_|_|_|_,_|  |_|_|   |___|

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| | | | . |  _|     |_ 
|_____|___|_| |_|_|_|_|

But the user does have spam (see the 5th comment of the question).

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Maybe I'll inspire someone to write one with my post. Has it been done before? –  Jonathon Jun 24 '10 at 20:49
    
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you seem to have dropped this -> a –  perbert Jun 24 '10 at 20:59
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You don't think it's warm? What's warm? –  Ether Jun 27 '10 at 4:10

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