Currently a persistent person is creating this user account in various SE sites, and then joining various chat rooms.. RegDwight has run out of moderation options for this. Can devs or other community leaders step in?

Update: We how have this: Adofl Hitlar . with same image.



There is some chat history available at the above link.

Here's the user's current profile

Here are the current profiles with this name/image:




but I expect that to change

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    The 2nd Monitor currently has like 4-5 Hitlers. Do something!! – Mathieu Guindon Jan 28 '14 at 15:18
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    @Servy - the user has not actually posted any chat messages. – rolfl Jan 28 '14 at 15:19
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    He's not posting. His mere presence is irritating. – Mathieu Guindon Jan 28 '14 at 15:19
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    @Servy I think he doesn't have any posts anywhere. – kleinfreund Jan 28 '14 at 15:21
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    A chat profile of his. The fact that he's in some rooms such as German Language is just offensive to some people. – hichris123 Jan 28 '14 at 15:23
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    @Servy Nope, it just takes minimum rep to talk in chat. – amon Jan 28 '14 at 15:23
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    Probably another TOR attack. Drupal Answers got 2 just last week. Maybe Stack should simply ban TOR and other anonimizers that allows to create many accounts with many IPs fast? Or severely limit possible activities for their users? – Mołot Jan 28 '14 at 15:25
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    I'm on this. I'll write a proper answer in a bit. He's definitely using proxies / tor / mobile networks. Coincidentally, it's Holocaust memorial day so ... how wonderful of him to spend it with us. – Tim Post Jan 28 '14 at 15:27
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    @Servy: I really don't see the problem with bringing up issues which need an urgent response/ attention up on Meta. Yes, there's the by the book, technically correct, blah blah blah way, then there are the exceptions. This is one of them. – Matt Jan 28 '14 at 15:29
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    @Servy "issues that should be private"? If the user was using their real name I can see why you should think twice before bringing it to meta and calling them out publicly but presumably doesn't apply here! – Martin Smith Jan 28 '14 at 15:33
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    @Servy Why does this warrant a private situation, though? It doesn't compromise any user privacy/security stuff... – hichris123 Jan 28 '14 at 15:35
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    @Servy: 1) We don't need the attention of a moderator in this situation, we need the attention of an SE member of staff. When you flag a post, you get the attention of mods on a single site. Posting on meta gets the attention of all mods and SE staff which are active on the site, giving us much more chance of finding someone who can contact someone. 2) There's no reason why this should be private. 3) This isn't about us doing anything about it. It's about getting the attention of the right people ASAP, which is what this has achieved. – Matt Jan 28 '14 at 15:35
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    @Servy 3) none of us can actually do anything <- That deserves a solid meta discussion – tomdemuyt Jan 28 '14 at 15:36
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    If you want to feel better about the rep, start +100 bounty on something you hold dear here on Meta. – Shadow The Burning Wizard Jan 28 '14 at 16:14
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    The obvious thing to do is flood the chat room with other villains. Ming the Merciless, Sauron, Lex Luther, Shere Kahn, L. Borgia, MacBeth and so on. Drown the signal in noise and dilute it's impact with fiction. ... Goldfinger, Dr. No, Dr. Evil, Arms Akimbo ... – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Jan 28 '14 at 16:18

This is something we're aware of, and currently mitigating. We do have some rather comprehensive facilities in place to handle this sort of thing, however I consider this person to be highly competent and you'll probably see them surface some more before it ends.

I've got some changes to send over regarding how chat is wired up to the spam / abuse mitigation layer that we have in place, some loopholes for abuse became apparent during this. I'm giving that priority and will get it over to the devs to investigate shortly.

Until this fully subsides - do not give this person the attention that they crave. Flag, move on and otherwise ignore them. The moderators have clear instructions on what to do, bear with us while we work with them to handle it.

  • Just curious, has this person attacked before? Or is this his first time? – Shadow The Burning Wizard Jan 28 '14 at 20:10
  • @ShadowWizard It's rather impossible to say for certain. If this person has trolled our sites before, this is the first time they did it wearing a dead Nazi. – Tim Post Jan 29 '14 at 7:11
  • OK, just thought you might recognize patterns or proxy servers the user is using etc. – Shadow The Burning Wizard Jan 29 '14 at 7:36
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    @ShadowWizard That's what I need to figure out a better way of doing. We're tracking an amazing amount of 'ghettos' where these things and people seem to flourish, but association with them is a very weak signal to analyze - a notch lower than faint really. I definitely see patterns when it comes to how they move around the network but the data is just so .. bland, there's not much I can get from it. What's really interesting is looking at patterns in the actual requests that they make, kind of like DNA for spam bots. Humans? Less interesting, unfortunately. – Tim Post Jan 29 '14 at 11:11
  • Oh, so they're just bots? – Shadow The Burning Wizard Jan 29 '14 at 11:55
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    @ShadowWizard Well, this particular one was human, though he could have been using something automated to help him. – Tim Post Jan 29 '14 at 14:13

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