This is probably something that has been going on for awhile and the mods are well aware of it, but I was quite fascinated to see it in action at PA. In the Zen Pinball thread over in G&T, a strange post popped up today:http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showpost.php?p=11944096&postcount=70
It seemed out-of-place and characteristic of a spammer (especially the presumably ad-link sig), so I checked out the user's page, and indeed, he had joined today and had two posts. His other post, however, seemed slightly more cogent and related to the discussion over in D&D. It got responses. What kind of spammer could this be, trying to make a reasoned argument in one thread and randomly rambling in another?
Or... could this be a bot doing cross-searches for keywords between forums and performing copypasta automata
as social camouflage?
I ran a search for a passage from the G&T post and what do you know:http://www.xboxworld.com.au/forum/showpost.php?p=731609&postcount=11
A thread about Zen Software's previous pinball game for the 360, that had gone off-topic. Presumably the British CCTV thread where the D&D post had come from had not strayed so far.
Much as I despise spam, it's fascinating to see the resourcefulness that goes into trying to do it.