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I created a channel on YouTube back in 2016 primarily as an exercise in trying to teach my youngest something about media. I had a background in radio (DJ & talk show host) and knew from that experience that "good" media content creation is hard work. I felt like she was one of the people that David, Clint, and Ken were talking about in their panel at VCF a few weeks ago: "Get on YouTube, become a star, work 5 minutes a week, and get rich."

I worked on the channel for a few months doing scambaiting videos before deciding to return to university to finish a degree I started back in 1986. At that point, between work and school, I didn't have time to do more videos.

Over the last couple of days I decided to create a new channel as a place to put my retro / vintage content (of which there is very little; mainly just some short demo videos of progress on PETSCII Robots for the 128). I haven't given the channel link to anyone yet except for David as it was just a convenient place to drop video clips of features in progress.

A few minutes ago I got a notification that I had a comment on a video. "That's odd ... why wouldn't David just reply via email or call as we usually do?" I primarily used YouTube just to avoid emailing a multi megabyte clip through gmail.

As it turns out, it wasn't from David, it was just a spammer who found my channel of zero subscribers and posted a link to a sex related website.

Ain't the internet wonderful?

Note: The point of this post isn't to promote my channel, just to share that I created one and got a spammer within 24 hours with zero promotion. If anyone is interested I'll be glad to share either channel (if you like scambaiting or if you are curious to see 128 Robots work in progress). More than anything, just found it "funny".

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Maybe you'll get alot of unintended traffic, the pron-crowd will see ads for crap nobody wants (or politicians nobody likes), and you'll get a free YouTube plaque for your wall and .016 per 1,000 clicks.

In 2 short years you can quit your day job ("quit your day job, jack") and focus on your craft.

jk.

I'm up for a view, what is it?

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The funny thing is when I created my original channel, to try to educate the offspring, I immediately started enjoying "more success". Now, that does not mean it was a success. Back then you could be in the monetization pool without having proved yourself first, and I was able to accrue a few bucks in earnings before they changed the rules (which is fine ... I wasn't counting on that $3 or so for retirement).

The older more produced stuff (scripted, edited) that was largely scambaiting related (I took calls from scammers and pretended to go along with whatever, even allowing them access to a VM based honeypot so they could "fix" my computer before I revealed I had no intention of paying them) is at my CasaDeRobison channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC28Nz0A8rNtIxFT24W5p-ew

My newer channel is the Qommodore based one which has nothing but pretty short demo videos at the moment as I've not had time to put together other content yet. Qommodore Technologies: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC82cqjt3rK1PiqCKjlZQR8A

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Pr0n-bots are constantly scanning YT for new videos and posting links in comments. The most prevalent ones appear to be from Russia. I used to, without fail, receive two comments from the same bot within the first 15 minutes of uploading a video. They would just be URLs, and the shell user posting them would switch up. Seems like the YT spam filter AI has finally learned the pattern and it doesn't happen anymore. Just be diligent about reporting them and the AI will learn and improve.

Good luck with your channel!

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On 9/26/2021 at 12:43 PM, SlithyMatt said:

Pr0n-bots are constantly scanning YT for new videos and posting links in comments. The most prevalent ones appear to be from Russia. I used to, without fail, receive two comments from the same bot within the first 15 minutes of uploading a video. They would just be URLs, and the shell user posting them would switch up. Seems like the YT spam filter AI has finally learned the pattern and it doesn't happen anymore. Just be diligent about reporting them and the AI will learn and improve.

Good luck with your channel!

Yep, that's exactly what this was, Russian porn / sex site links. I had three show up so far on three of seven videos posted (none of which are really worth promoting at this point). I actually only ever saw two of them after receiving three notifications, so I presume the AI kicked in and filtered the third before it could be made public but after my notification.

Edit: Oh, and thanks! I'm still trying to figure out what I have to say about retro / vintage stuff that will be worth watching beyond anything I eventually upload related to 128 PETSCII Robots. I have plenty of ideas, just don't know if they'll connect with people.

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