About Profile Data Wiped

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Dec 3, 2021.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,564) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society Trader

    Bad News: Due to a significant uptick in spam accounts, I've been forced to wipe the "About You" data for all user profiles and turn on manual account approvals.

    For those who use the section for trading or other forms of tracking, I apologize for the inconvenience, but there wasn't a cleaner way to handle this due to the number of spam accounts using the about section as the primary method to inject spam.

    These aren't bots. Theses are real people who are finding workarounds to post spam links and keywords. We've also started to see spammers add "beers" and post "reviews." Manual account approvals should help thwart this until we're able to upgrade, but I'll continue to monitor with help from the mod team.

    Good News: I'm creating a temporary page that'll give you access to the last change that you made to your About. So, if you've made an edit within recent years you should be able to retrieve it. I hope to make this accessible within the next two days for those who need it.

    Update: Under Your Account > Personal Details, I've added a link to check for a backup of your About. If one exists, it'll pull the last edit made before the wipe.

    Thanks,
     
  2. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (4,142) Dec 11, 2006 California
    Society Trader

    Just as long as my reviews don’t disappear my life still has meaning.
     
  3. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,564) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society Trader

    Everything is backed up on a regular basis.
     
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  4. officerbill

    officerbill Champion (889) Feb 9, 2019 New York
    Society Trader

    To boost a beer's ratings? How would someone profit off of doing this?
     
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  5. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,564) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society Trader

    Nope. The beer and review were fake. Nothing to do with beer. And spammers do all of this purely for search engine optimization/rankings. We saw this with our old events calendar too.
     
  6. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,564) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society Trader

    Update: Under Your Account > Personal Details, I've added a link to check for a backup of your About. If one exists, it'll pull the last edit made before the wipe.
     
  7. snaotheus

    snaotheus Poo-Bah (5,545) Oct 6, 2008 Washington
    Society Trader

    I notice there is still an "About You" section in my personal details. Are we allowed to fill them again?
     
  8. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,564) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society Trader

    Yep. I wiped the data, not the functionality.
     
  9. snaotheus

    snaotheus Poo-Bah (5,545) Oct 6, 2008 Washington
    Society Trader

    Got it, thanks!
     
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  10. beerjerk666

    beerjerk666 Poo-Bah (3,159) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
    Society Trader

    Nice. I worked very hard to compile my About info. Thankfully it was all still there. LOL!
     
  11. Rug

    Rug Meyvn (1,467) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
    Society Trader

    Cool, thanks for getting this worked out!
     
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  12. LiquidAmber

    LiquidAmber Poo-Bah (8,044) Feb 20, 2009 Washington
    Society

    Bummer. What a world.....
     
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  13. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (8,046) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
    Society

    Thanks for being transparent, I had no idea this happened until you mentioned it.

    I just looked, and my old posting... manifesto... screed?? I wrote up about myself is gone. :thinking_face:

    It's ok, not a big deal. :nerd:

    I appreciate you mentioning this. Many organizations wouldn't have said anything, or worse blamed it on something else or just not even bothered telling their user base.

    Very much appreciate that you took responsibility.

    Thanks as always for your work and also the team that keep BA up and running.

    Cheers!
     
  14. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,856) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
    Society Trader

    Thank you for taking care of this. Worked like a charm! :beers:
     
  15. Shanex

    Shanex Poo-Bah (1,921) Dec 10, 2015 France
    Moderator Society Trader

    My personal infos and details were pretty shitty either way, so it’s good that it was wiped out and cleared so I can rewrite it or else leave it blank. :wink:

    More seriously, it’s indeed mostly used by traders to try and keep track of who they’ve been trading with, what such and such members enjoy as style.

    Good work @Todd and the team of which I belong. Genuine compliments never hurt and people tend to be greedy about that.
     
  16. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (2,123) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
    Society Trader

    Yeah I am in IT and we would have told the customer that there was a drive failure on the database and the last copy of that table was on a corrupted disk, very rare occurrence, but it does happen
     
  17. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Defender (638) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia
    Trader

    "Beer drinking mammal with opposable thumbs"... hooray, backup recovered
     
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  18. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Defender (630) Jul 6, 2005 Indiana

    Likes beer
    Is a jerk
    Hail Satan!
    :wink:
     
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  19. jjamadorphd

    jjamadorphd Poo-Bah (1,895) Jul 21, 2012 Florida
    Society Trader

    Keep up the good work on my most favorite of sites!
     
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  20. Mikexw

    Mikexw Savant (943) Mar 3, 2014 New York
    Trader

    Thanks for the transparency and the heads up — I was able to recover all my info.
     
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