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I frequent a low-traffic internet forum that has been dealing with some seemingly innocent spam bots that re-post messages from other forums.

This is an example of such a message. It was posted in a topic about documentation, but it had nothing to do with SOAP:

Where can I find the full documentation for the soap api? The Official Documentation thread doesnt offer anything in the way of selecting from multiple listings, inserting a new listing, etc... is there a wiki out there that Ive missied?

It was generic and on-topic enough for another user to consider this a legitimate message posted by a confused user.

I have noticed that:

  1. These bots put effort into posting relevant messages.
  2. These messages are legitimate posts copied from other forums.

These messages or their profiles don't contain malicious links, ads or dodgy keywords.

What are these bots trying to achieve?

marked as duplicate by Rory Alsop Apr 27 at 18:38

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