automated accounts

now here’s an experience i can relate to from my days (it was a second-generation geocities-like service) — i just happened to stumble upon a large series of sites (a few hundred) that were all just a bunch of repeated links to another site. (which looks like a personal site, which is even more odd.)

now i just eliminated all of the blogs with the similar names from the database (it was a couple of characters followed by a number), but if they had been clever enough to give each account truly distinct names, this is the sort of mess that would have been difficult to clean up. (for me — presumably blogger could simply nuke all of the sites that had repeated links to the sites to which these blogs were linking.)