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Hi everyone! proud to be the member of this great community !! i am Mark from USA ,Ak,Anchorage,nice to meet you,hope to know more about you...


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Hello Mark, I bet Alaska is starting to see some nice weather this time of year. Welcome. How did you first hear about or start playing DROD? I found it as part of a free game set on a Linux distribution and have been playing it off and on since.

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05-10-2011 at 12:53 PM
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Hi Mark! Welcome to the Cherry Dimension!

I first discovered DROD when I put in the ancient (1997) shareware disk that had been collecting dust for who-knows-how-long and had Webfoot DROD on it. And I still like it better than AE.

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05-10-2011 at 05:00 PM
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05-11-2011 at 05:49 AM
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Yup. Everything they changed except for adding checkpoints and a level editor, I liked better in Webfoot. Especially the sound effects, with Beethro's deep voice and that weird scream! I still can't accept Beethro's voice in the new games as Beethro.

Edition: I also like that they added special effects and a sound for breaking a wall. And probably the worst change was the music but that's not too bad because you can change it, which I did.

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05-11-2011 at 04:03 PM
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I wasn't surprised that you did that. I was surprised that you responded to a robot with actual human conversation. (or in the odd case that Mark is an actual human being that he responded to a robot.)

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05-12-2011 at 05:11 AM
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It seemed to me like Mark was looking for a topic that he could introduce himself in, instead of making a new one. I suppose he could be a robot but better to be friendly than to ignore him and think the community is rather unwelcoming ;)

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05-12-2011 at 12:22 PM
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Given the number of Google hits for "i am Mark from USA ,Ak,Anchorage", all in the last two months, all with the same miscapitalization ("i", "Ak"), all with the same weird spacing around the commas, I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you.
05-16-2011 at 02:47 PM
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Ha, good point. At least he wasn't advertising Viagra or something ;)

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05-16-2011 at 02:49 PM
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...or in the odd case that Mark is an actual human being...
While Tahnan proves that he is a robot, I don't see what makes you so sure that he's a robot. I can definitely see a real person saying that and he doesn't seem to follow the robot patterns.

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05-16-2011 at 04:53 PM
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He has that interesting sort of grammar/spelling mangling that spambots can't seem to shake.

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05-16-2011 at 05:07 PM
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There's the fact that his message was entirely contentless. He didn't say anything about the community, or why he liked it, just "hi i like this place". That's a decent indication of spambottiness.
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Contentless messages are also a indication of newbies too sometimes, and it only took a few seconds to reply to him/it ;)

I was led to wonder why someone would have spambots such as these. It seems the only purpose would be to waste the time of those replying to it. Or waste time discussing those who do reply to it. Hurrump. Dirty bot. :ras

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05-17-2011 at 01:26 AM
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This is part of Tahnan's long-term plan. Generate credibility by astutely identifying the lesser spam-bots. Before we know it, he's going to be our primary Cialis distributor.

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Just for that, I think I'll set up a virtual personality thing that will in turn begin to spam people and he will never see it coming! WA HA HA HA HA!

(not really)

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I was led to wonder why someone would have spambots such as these. It seems the only purpose would be to waste the time of those replying to it. Or waste time discussing those who do reply to it. Hurrump. Dirty bot. :ras
On an active forum like this one, a new member turning up and posting "Hi look at all these cheap pills" gets shut down pretty quickly. To combat that, these days the spammers try to give a human-looking first impression, wait a few days for the post to drop off the front page, and then go back and edit in links, change signature etc. The idea is that a search engine is much less put off by reading a week-old post than the average forum mod.
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Real newbies don't make contentless first posts - they normally want to
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* gush about the subject of the forum

If you look at the first posts of everyone who has posted in this thread - everyone (bar the spambots) shows that they have some knowledge of DROD.
I haven't yet seen a forum regular whose first post was along the lines of "I am using the internet and this is a forum"

http://xkcd.com/810/
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Real newbies don't make contentless first posts


Aye mate, I was being snarky.

I still say, better to be welcoming even if it turns out to be a spambot.

[url=http://xkcd.com/632/ http://xkcd.com/632/

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(Scurries off to research her first ever post here) :~(

(which as it turns out was on 20-03-2006 at 10:10 and was a request for help with a Key problem - it was so long ago I'd forgotten :D )

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(Scurries off to research her first ever post here) :~(


Ha, and it mentions your Mac too, so I think you're safe (Macs are cool. Now if I could only figure out why my Mac copy of TCB keeps bogging down...).

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Ha, and it mentions your Mac too, so I think you're safe (Macs are cool. Now if I could only figure out why my Mac copy of TCB keeps bogging down...).


Ah, but that was my old Mac; I'm now on my nice shiny new one :thumbsup Are you still having that problem with the keys jamming? Most odd ( and probably most annoying :yes )

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Indeed, the problem still persists. It's not like the keys are jamming though, it works fine with any other program, even when the TCB window is still open. The program itself just starts lagging after a while and needs to be reset.

It hasn't been too much of a nuisance, perhaps one day I'll figure out how to fix it since other Mac users apparently don't experience it.

How's the writing going? You are working on a book, correct?

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My first post was a new hold in architecture, so I guess that proves I am not spambot.
proud to be the member of this great community !!,nice to meet you,hope to know more about you...


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Who are you?! And what did you do with Mark520?!

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We should change the intro thread to "What kind of spambot are you?"
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"hello! ,i am glad to be a part of this great community about spambots i find them interesting"

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How's the writing going? You are working on a book, correct?


I am indeed, in between writing poems, and I have 58,000 words of it done. Unfortunately I got no writing at all done this past Easter hols - I bought a cottage on the island of Raasay and . . . it's a very long story actually and I meant to make a thread about it here, but didn't get round to it (sigh). Maybe I will make a thread at some point, retrospectively, and it will also make clear why my attendance in this forum has been sporadic of late. O:-

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