WATF is wrong with people...



  • WhatsAppTF... still getting spam messages which go something along the lines of (including original Spellar and Gramming (TM)):

    "WHATS AP IZ GOING TO START CHAGING PEEPOLE 25 POWNDS PER MESSAGE IF U DONT SEND TIS EMAIL TO 100 PEPLE ON UR LST"

    And I ask them why they are sending it to me and they can't come out with a good excuse...

    Why are people so stupid? Is this how organisations notify their customers these days? Next time my bank change their overdrawal charging structure I'll get a text:

    "We R gna charge u moar m8s, just letting U no mmkay"

    Fuck the usual media channels... I can just imagine the US president addressing the nation during a national crisis:

    "Watch owt ppl, big huricane on teh way, LOLz xx"

    * disclaimer: there may be little or no actual code or coding related content in this message

    edit: to make it qualify for the side-bar, how about we write an app which punches users in the face every time they decide to forward one of these messages. Maybe use regex to parse the message body... what you reckon?



  •  It's not Whatsapp sending those messages. 5 minutes of Googling would have told you that. TRWTF here isn't Whatsapp...



  • @Charleh said:

    edit: to make it qualify for the side-bar, how about we write an app which punches users in the face every time they decide to forward one of these messages. Maybe use regex to parse the message body... what you reckon?
     

    I would use XML to punch stupid people in the face, but then I'd be using XML-- and I'd get punched in the face.

    And then I'd be using recursion, and would get punched again.

    Why do you hate me?



  • @ASheridan said:

     It's not Whatsapp sending those messages. 5 minutes of Googling would have told you that. TRWTF here isn't Whatsapp...

    TRWTF here is that you misread/misinterpreted the original post... not sure how I'd receive a message from WhatsApp (the organisation) when I don't have them in my ... contacts ... list

    No this is the Regular Joe I Know (TM) sending me the messages (i.e. sister in law, daughters friends mum etc)

    Mind you, it's only women so far so maybe there's a pattern there...



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  • @Charleh said:

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    @ASheridan said:
    It's not Whatsapp sending those messages. 5 minutes of Googling would have told you that. TRWTF here isn't Whatsapp...

    TRWTF here is that you misread/misinterpreted the original post... not sure how I'd receive a message from WhatsApp (the organisation) when I don't have them in my ... contacts ... list

    No, I think it's that you're apparently incoherent. What were you trying to say here? Why would you only get messages from people in your...contacts...list? I guess that you assumed that your reference to "spam" was supposed to clue us in that someone other than WhatsApp was sending the message?



  • @boomzilla said:

    @Charleh said:
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    @ASheridan said:
    It's not Whatsapp sending those messages. 5 minutes of Googling would have told you that. TRWTF here isn't Whatsapp...

    TRWTF here is that you misread/misinterpreted the original post... not sure how I'd receive a message from WhatsApp (the organisation) when I don't have them in my ... contacts ... list

    No, I think it's that you're apparently incoherent. What were you trying to say here? Why would you only get messages from people in your...contacts...list? I guess that you assumed that your reference to "spam" was supposed to clue us in that someone other than WhatsApp was sending the message?

    I made an assumption that people wouldn't think I was stupid and give me the credit to recognise the difference between a message which originated from the actual service provider and a message which originated from a contact in my own list

    Obviously assumption made an ass out of me and umption



  • @Charleh said:

    I made an assumption that people wouldn't think I was stupid and give me the credit to recognise the difference between a message which originated from the actual service provider and a message which originated from a contact in my own list

    It was more than an assumption. The rest of your post gave that impression. I think some of your original train of thought didn't make it from your brain to the post.



  • @boomzilla said:

    @Charleh said:
    I made an assumption that people wouldn't think I was stupid and give me the credit to recognise the difference between a message which originated from the actual service provider and a message which originated from a contact in my own list

    It was more than an assumption. The rest of your post gave that impression. I think some of your original train of thought didn't make it from your brain to the post.

    Yes reading it back it does imply spam from service provider

    Must be PBCAK... actually maybe PBBAF



  • @Charleh said:

    edit: to make it qualify for the side-bar, how about we write an app which punches users in the face every time they decide to forward one of these messages. Maybe use regex to parse the message body... what you reckon?
    A fine thought. Probably \w+z is a good on, and ^[^a-z]*$ another one. Could be set up like a spam filter, adding points. Too many points? BAM!



  • I think \w+z is a bit of a catch-all approach, you are punishing people using the words jizz, buzz, and razzmatazz among others... doesn't the other filter just find any messages that don't have a-z anywhere in them? Stops people from messaging you in binary I suppose...



  • @Charleh said:

    you are punishing people using the words jizz, buzz, and razzmatazz

    I would say they were punishing me for using those words.



  • Y@Charleh said:

    I think \w+z is a bit of a catch-all approach, you are punishing people using the words jizz, buzz, and razzmatazz among others... doesn't the other filter just find any messages that don't have a-z anywhere in them? Stops people from messaging you in binary I suppose...
    It's messages that don't contain lowercase...



  • So... what is WhatsApp in the first place?



  • Ah yeah, my brain was on case insensitive mode - you know I'm starting to think that this regex matching would be a good idea

    And maybe a dictionary search which punishes you when the number of typos exceeds a certain threshold, possibly increasing every time you get punched forcing you to type more carefully. Why do people still miss all the vowels? We have swype and full qwerty keyboards on our phones, you aren't saving any TIME!


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    @blakeyrat said:

    So... what is WhatsApp in the first place?



  • It’s an instant messenger service.

     


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @Charleh said:

    ...you are punishing people using the words jizz...
    Indeed. Unless you want email from those sorts of people of course...



  • @Charleh said:

    you know I'm starting to think that this regex matching would be a good idea

    And maybe a dictionary search which punishes you when the number of typos exceeds a certain threshold

     

    I recall some years back researchers were working on such a filter to block kiddiots and leet-speek from forums, simply by analysing the mis-spellings and meme tendency in a post. Not sure what became of it.

     


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    @Cassidy said:

    @Charleh said:

    you know I'm starting to think that this regex matching would be a good idea

    And maybe a dictionary search which punishes you when the number of typos exceeds a certain threshold

     

    I recall some years back researchers were working on such a filter to block kiddiots and leet-speek from forums, simply by analysing the mis-spellings and meme tendency in a post. Not sure what became of it.

     

    It blocked the CFO and all funding was suddenly cut.



  • @Charleh said:

    Ah yeah, my brain was on case insensitive mode - you know I'm starting to think that this regex matching would be a good idea

    And maybe a dictionary search which punishes you when the number of typos exceeds a certain threshold, possibly increasing every time you get punched forcing you to type more carefully. Why do people still miss all the vowels? We have swype and full qwerty keyboards on our phones, you aren't saving any TIME!

    That's 5 points for you on a text of 78 words. Prepare to be punched in the face.



  • @Cassidy said:

    @Charleh said:

    you know I'm starting to think that this regex matching would be a good idea

    And maybe a dictionary search which punishes you when the number of typos exceeds a certain threshold

     

    I recall some years back researchers were working on such a filter to block kiddiots and leet-speek from forums, simply by analysing the mis-spellings and meme tendency in a post. Not sure what became of it.

     

     

    Probably not what you meant, but xkcd had a filter for IRC that rejected any messages that had been posted before:

    http://blag.xkcd.com/2008/01/14/robot9000-and-xkcd-signal-attacking-noise-in-chat/




  • @blakeyrat said:

    So... what is WhatsApp in the first place?
    From what I gather, it's an app that allows you to upload your phone's contact list to the internet and let other people write messages in your name.



  • @TGV said:

    @Charleh said:

    Ah yeah, my brain was on case insensitive mode - you know I'm starting to think that this regex matching would be a good idea

    And maybe a dictionary search which punishes you when the number of typos exceeds a certain threshold, possibly increasing every time you get punched forcing you to type more carefully. Why do people still miss all the vowels? We have swype and full qwerty keyboards on our phones, you aren't saving any TIME!

    That's 5 points for you on a text of 78 words. Prepare to be punched in the face.

    I thought 'yeah' was a word - as in the informal version of 'yes'. I only scored 4 (unless I maybe add a separate threshold for number of words in full caps...), giving me about a 5% potential punch in the face probability. Yes, I've decided that it should be a probability, meaning that almost perfect grammar still gets you a dragon punch in the chops on occasion.



  • @joe.edwards said:

    @blakeyrat said:
    So... what is WhatsApp in the first place doc?
     


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @Charleh said:

    I only scored 4
    Minus one (more) point for Hufflepuff. It's 'four', not '4'.


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