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Looking back on this past year on mmorpg.com, I can't help but think some of our former members (maybe current) were infact "shills".
This is a quick google search on paid paid forum posters. They seem to be in high demand.
Here is an actual add form a company looking for posters
We'd like posters who'll be able to make at least 20 posts a day; the more the better.
1. Have excellent written English skills and can interact with the users of the forum you are asked to post on.
2. Have excellent research skills as you’ll have to research about a particular thread topic before you post a reply to it.
3. Ability to read and understand something and write about it in their own words.
Payment will be on Net-30 basis and we'll pay based on performance.
My questions are do you think this is going on within our community? If so, how do we spot them?
What do we do when we spot them?
Is it possible to prove that they are "shills"?
Can our forum sites do anything about them?
Lastly, and most important, how has this affected the mmorpg industry?