FYI: Raid on the site

Crumpet 5/24/2022 05:21 pm 4774

Hi everyone,

There was what I will call a small raid on the site this afternoon. It was multiple people in different countries and states spamming the threads with hateful content. They also tried to post a lot of comments, but luckily auto comment approval is off for most users, so their comments didn't get through. However, their dozens of threads did. They also sent messages to a few users.

I'm in England and have work in the morning so I was in bed, but strangely I couldn't sleep (I've been sleeping well lately so it's unusual for me). I checked my phone and had an email from someone alerting me to the raid (thank you), so I dived out of bed and came to start blocking. deleting, saving details etc. I've been doing that for the past 1.5 hours or so. I wish I could have seen it sooner but I'm very glad that I was able to hop on.

In retrospect, it was very risky to have thread auto approval on for all users. I shouldn't have had it set up that way and will not be having it that way in the future. For now, all comments and threads have to be approved by me. I am also being careful about what I let through, so some legitimate threads might not be approved. I will also need some other kind of anti-raid measures in place, but I'm not sure what yet. Possibly a better emergency alert system, approvals for messages, and more moderators.

You all handled it very well and did exactly what you were supposed to do: report it. I hope that nobody was affected by the content you saw. These people are pathetic trolls trying to get a reaction and trying to make themselves feel superior. But they're not. I have previously been a troll myself, and I even trolled people who I thought were faking conditions like they did. I know exactly the type of person that does this and what kind of mindset they have (since I used to be one), and they're complete losers. Don't let losers like these determine how you feel about yourself. You're awesome and nobody can take that away from you.

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May 25, 2022 5:04 am

to be honest i highly doubt the 'raiders' came from 4chan or reddit. the spam felt too childish and uncreative for that (which is pretty low, haha). i bet it was planned by some edgy kids in a discord server somewhere out there who idolise that sort of thing (ie the guy who was talking about the various trollings of chris chan), but can't orchestrate anything themselves without looking like stupid wannabes. atleast that's what i thought from their use of 'systards' and stuff lol. i'm happy they're gonna suffer the consequences. rainbowsmile

May 25, 2022 5:16 am

im glad the site didnt get taken down atleast

May 25, 2022 6:05 am

@Alexander_The_3th: Yeah I saw that too and I changed my username n things about my account lmao

May 25, 2022 6:06 am

i found it slightly odd the trollers took the time to write bios and change pfps, does anyone know a reason for that? i think it was to make em seem more human and get the bots off of them but idk. also Ty again Crumpet!

  • bugz_doez_kandi
May 25, 2022 6:10 am

@Crumpet: tell em crumpet!! and i'm srry about what they did to u, i hope everything gets better soon and those ppl better face severe consequences.

May 25, 2022 6:12 am
@Crumpet: are we allowed to know how this started, like was anyone bothered by a certain user, etc [irl fight, yk the stuff]
  • bugz_doez_kandi
May 25, 2022 6:15 am

me and my friend did more digging today and we found some of the original posts made on r/systemcringe about kandi patterns. we couldnt find out when they were posted cuz we're on school computers atm, but we have found more posts. i'm sure most of u have seen them.

but yea, i figured that da raid was carried out by redditors or ppl from 4-chan. idk, the language that they used and the slurs hinted at this. especially when they used homophobic slurs cuz thats a common thing ppl say on 4-chan.

i've also found that @lolmilker seemed to be involved with everything but joined days before the raid took place. in that time they were incredibly rude to other systems as well.

May 25, 2022 6:19 am

@bugz_doez_kandi: it wasn’t Reddit or the clover site. I can’t say any more right now or it might jeopardize the investigation and/or the actions I want to take. When it’s safe, I’ll reveal more.

May 25, 2022 6:42 am

thank you crumpet!!! I was there when it was all going down and I kinda thought the site might get shut down ngl. Glad that didn’t happen! Thank you so much for your hard work, take care of yourself! /gen twirlingheart

May 25, 2022 6:44 am

@gaethoughtsheadfull: they wouldn’t be able to send the site offline from spamming because we have protection against that. The only way it would go offline is if I shut it down, but I wouldn’t do that because that would be like letting them win.