What happened?

| I used to use the /u/app a year ago and it wasn't huge but it had a lot of people and seemed active all day long

Today I decided to come back and it seems emptier...

Did something change to make everyone leave?

| I'm not sure, I started coming around a month ago. To be frank, I was surprised this place existed let alone was active at all.

| Activity goes up and down.

| Nice try pal, but you're not fooling anyone. All newcomers are required to post nudes and you're no exception.

| This isn't the worst it's been though, when the spammer was here it got really dead. It also had a big boost in popularity over last summer. Now I wanr to make a graph of activity over time...

| Long story short: Reol spammer raided /u/ for several hours, server went down for another several hours (or admin shut it down), it went back up, 1-2 hour later the spammer is back.

It went like that loop for days and then admin added captcha. After the captcha, spammer is gone, but so does a lot of active users and shitpost (because shitposting takes 2-3 times the effort with captcha)

| For me it's actually better this way. It's a matter of perspective, really.

| >>536512
Wasn't the captcha around before the Reol spamming and the spammer managed to spam despite the captcha? Then the captcha got tougher or something. Wasn't here for the end of the Reol spam so I dunno that part.

| >>536752 iirc captcha was added in the middle of reol loop. However, the captcha weren't jumbled and didn't have a strikethrough on them. So reol gurl was able to brute force it. After several more downtime, we have this kind of captcha and reol died.

| >>536500 >>536512 Sounds like we could really use a complete whole history of Danger/u/ by now g/u/rls.

| >>536515
>It's a matter of perspective, really.
Is that a motherfucking Hellsing Ultimate Abridged reference in the wild, or do I just wish for it to be?

| >>536820

Here ya go. Posted this a while back. My ID in that thread should be highlighted. Have this bookmarked because I forget stuff.
Forgot to add that around the time of the Anon E betrayal, color shenanigans were happening where people, probably staff, were posting in color text and whatnot.

| To add to what has happened, Russian dude spams various, very likely malicious, ads to /a/. Not a big amount of spam, but noticeable. Mods keep removing them, spammer retaliates by flooding the whole site with spam. He was known as the Russian spammer. Mods try several methods such as banning IPs (which led to accidentally banning innocents), deleting posts by those IPs or something, reverting back states of the site to before the spam starts as a quick method to remove spam.

| This all happened over several months. Periods of spam and no spam and spam and no spam. Somewhere along the lines, CP was mentioned somewhere and the spammer started spamming CP. He kinda copied a couple things people said sometimes and used them as titles for his spam.
Somewhere near the end of that, it was believed that the spammer wasn't just spamming but also posting shitty rape/murder/CP bait posts and replies in threads. No links though.

| So mods start censoring that kind of posting and some people were against censoring even if they didn't support those shitty topics. Started a mini-debacle and some criticism of censorship threads. I still think it was the spammer baiting by starting those low quality threads to ruin /u/.
Anyway, back to the spam. All the while this happens, captcha was implemented to prevent spam.

| Around this time I left because shit was whack yo. Left for a month or so and Reol started so there wasn't much point in coming back. So that's why I don't really know how the Reol saga ended, but according to other g/u/rls, the upgraded captcha is what finally put it to an end.
If someone wants to explain the Reol saga that'd help

| tl;dr
>Malicious Russian ads on /a/
>Mods remove
>Russian spams danger/u/
>Mods try several anti-spam methods
>Months of spam and anti-spam weaponry
>Settle on captcha
>Rape/CP/Racism bait threads
>Censor that shit
>Censorship debates
>Spam continues
>Reol Saga
>Upgraded captcha
>Spam-free danger/u/
>Current Day

| >>536822 maybe. Probably.
Could be (happening) right now!

| >>536836
You forgot the new mod tool that let mods remove all threads by an ip which was the real nail in the coffin for the spammer, before he could still slowly spam even with the harder captcha, the new tool is what saved /u/ tbh


| >>536979

Actually, the ability to mass delete posts by IP had been circumvented by the spammer. Eventually, a workaround was developed which allowed us to delete all threads posted by the spammer, regardless of their efforts. By that point, the bot they developed could no longer keep up and we were able to outmaneuver him.

After the end of Reolgate, the spammer tried testing other methods of continuing the attack, but appears to have finally quit.

| >>537019
Thank you for all your hard work.


| >>537023

You're welcome!

| >>537019

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