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  • Are spammers buying upvotes? Redditor The3rdWorld has collected evidence that seems to prove so. Interestingly, the scams hardly ever seem to work. “Reddit can be gamed, but it takes a lot of intelligence and a lot of work,” Gimli_The_Dwarf writes. “It’s kind of like steering the Titanic – you can’t just yank the wheel over, you have to coax it. (/r/theoryofreddit)

  • Remember Lucas Gonzalez, the three-year-old with a rare blood disease? Reddit raised about $50,000 so his family wouldn’t go broke paying for costs related to his treatment. On Wednesday, he gets his bone marrow transplant. r/Assistance moderator backpackwayne says he’ll launch a special update thread on Wednesday. (/r/Assistance)

  • Everyone’s favorite Reddit leak scandal continued over the weekend. That’s right: The Sushileaks are back. There are private chat logs released in the latest dump: In the first, two so-called “power users” discuss how to deal with Reddit’s favorite bogeyman, r/ShitRedditSays. In the second, moderators discuss tools for “sniffing” an alleged spammer’s IP address. (/r/SubredditDrama)

  • Why do television screens emanate a blue light? (/r/askscience)

  • Redditor cheesesteak22’s parked car was hit by a hit-and-run drunk driver. Unfortunately for the drunk, he left a piece of his car behind. But what was it? And what type of car did it belong to? Cheesesteak22 took a picture of the mystery part and posted it to Reddit. Within four hours he had his answer: it was “a tension strut off a Chrysler 300, dodge charger, dodge magnum, or dodge challenger,” redditor Sousy writes. He or she adds: ” I’m a Chrysler jeep dodge technician, I’m pretty sure its this part because we replace them fairly often. If its what I think it is then he probably didn’t make it very far.” (/r/AskReddit)

  • Here’s an interesting AMA from the weekend: “IAmA Employee of a state lottery with intimate knowledge of the industry.” How easy would it be to game the system from the inside? “The lottery industry operates like Las Vegas … It’s virtually impossible to ‘rig’ a drawing or generate a winning wager post-draw without collusion on the part of at least five or six people. And even then, it would take a miracle to get past audits, system checks, etc.” (/r/IAmA)

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