Strange F5 etc Threads?

Along with all the odd Asian character threads that pop at night, there are also those strange F5 etc threads that pop up, often with just that thread title and no content.

What the heck are these and what can the reason for them possibly be??
 

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darjr

I crit!
It's the spam threads, they post that because first posting the spam content gets them flagged and blocked by the software.

So they post what little they have to, the bot posts, and it's those strange posts you see, and then wait. Then the bot comes back and updates those posts to spam posts later.

Sometimes those get caught and stopped.
 





When I see those I just click the name and select ignore. Refresh the page and the post(s) will be gone.
Totally - I know what to do about them, my question is specifically what are they? I mean, I get that they are some sort of spam, but since there is no actual spam message, just the odd title, what is the actual reason a spammer would go to the trouble?
 

J.Quondam

CR 1/8
Totally - I know what to do about them, my question is specifically what are they? I mean, I get that they are some sort of spam, but since there is no actual spam message, just the odd title, what is the actual reason a spammer would go to the trouble?
They post a mostly blank post first, then come back a little while later and edit it to fill it with scammy links. They have to do it in two steps, because, as dajr noted, the forum software usually blocks link-spam if they try to post links that immediately.

Iirc, this particular bot/s appears to be link-spamming some sort of "get your university degree" scam. Their target website is likely enworld[dot]COM, which is a Japanese language job recruitment site. But the bots are too dumb to understand that enworld.ORG has nothing to do with that site.

At least I think that's what's going on, or something along those lines.
 

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