FYI: Raid on the site

Crumpet 5/24/2022 05:21 pm 4772

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 7:59 am

i was offline for like 3 hours and i come back to chaos im so confused but i do remember seeing a post on reddit about this site on r/systemscringe

idk man some people really have nothing better to do!

May 25, 2022 8:16 am

@Crumpet: alr rainbowsmile

May 25, 2022 10:37 am

thank you crumpet for handling this well and for making sure this is a safe, inclusive space!! you‘re totally awesome, thanks for everything you do! i love this site and im so happy that things are being handled rainbowsmile

May 25, 2022 1:54 pm

This situation is awful, I’m so sorry this has effected your life in such a way. You do so much work for the site and community and we all appreciate you a lot! Don’t feel like you have to respond because I recognize you must be very overwhelmed, but I was wondering if you’ve thought about having more volunteer moderators. It could be beneficial in these sorts of situations. You shouldn’t have to deal with it all yourself. However I understand that moderators come with their own set of issues.

Anyway, best wishes and I hope these trolls get what they deserve!

May 25, 2022 2:38 pm

dang!!! i'm so sorry you had to deal with this!! thank you so much crumpet for deleting everything!!!!

May 26, 2022 6:46 am

lmao i logged on n saw the message on the home page n was like wtf did i miss cuz like, ive been gone for over a week or sumn w17

May 26, 2022 11:32 am

@kandicane: I've previously added moderators and will likely add some more. The problem is that almost all moderators don't hang around for very long. I have some new features in place now though which reduce the need for moderators kao happy

May 26, 2022 12:31 pm

I check this website very day how did I never see any toxic comments w04

May 26, 2022 1:54 pm

my goodness, i was offline during that day but i’m so sorry to everyone and to you for going through that. raids are the worse, I’m glad you’re gonna do something about this because (from what my friend told me since she was on here that day) it was horrible sad

May 26, 2022 7:32 pm

thank you so much crumpet! You are awesome.