August 19th, 2018: The dAhub bot will be taken offline permanently in the immediate future, read [link] for details. Please stop donating to this account. To request a refund for points previously donated, leave a comment on my profile page with the word "refund" in it
January 3rd, 2019: I used the winter holiday to get started in earnest on the report I've discussed previously [link]. I have notes saved going back to around the creation of this account. I'm mid-way through the first month and already have a 4 page outline.
- While this account was created in February 2011 (when the idea first occurred to me), I didn't start formally running automated services until a year later in February 2012. It took about a year of intermittent work to develop the structure and framework to begin running the first version of the bot.
- When I first kicked off the program, I also manually conducted a brief round of advertising by commenting on a few key profiles across the site (a process I strongly discourage and minimized my own use of). This included GiveALlamaGetALlama, for which I was blocked from the group (case-in-point: many users are very sensitive to anything that can be considered as 'spam'). In the process of asking for a second chance, I opened a dialog with the group founder which grew into a promotion through the group, and later the service wherein the bot replied to comments left on the group's profile page. Off-the-top-of-my-head this theme would later repeat with AnotherContestGroup wherein I was also blocked from the group (for a different reason) prior to providing automated services, although I haven't gotten to that point in my notes yet...
January 13th, 2019: I'm through the first month of notes (and have an 8 page outline). I'd forgotten the drama around Discount-PMs (back in 2012). That profile offered Premium Memberships (aka subscriptions, aka Core Memberships) at a discounted rate: you paid about 40% of the price for one, waited some number of weeks, and then received a full-priced PM/Core. This is a classic Ponzi scheme. I reached out to the account operator but the situation didn't end well.
Description of incident: comments.deviantart.com/4/2288…
The account operated for a couple more months before closing. I remember talking to many donors who didn't receive so much as a refund, let alone the promised membership. I recall those conversations being some of the most emotionally charged content I have in my notes, though I haven't gotten to them yet. Discount-PMs reopened the following summer (2013) then closed again permanently.
YouAreStarred employed a similar Ponzi scheme many years later, but I'm glad to say they refunded their donors
If you have questions on the report, please leave them [here], I will be monitoring the comments section periodically during this process.