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What is this post? Why does it exist?

I saw this strange post in the neverending story thread. It seems like spam; it doesn't properly follow the thread at all, although technically I guess it's related. Also the username is a little strange and it's that user's only post. Makes it seem like it's spam. It'll probably get removed by the mods soon.

But then my question is why? Most spam that I see has a link in it, either for the purposes of SEO or for people to click on and see their ads or their product or get infected or whatever. But this post has no links, but lots of bbcode. The motivation of the person who made/controlled the bot that posted the spam is clear in those cases. But I cannot fathom the motivation in this case. Random words are bolded and different color for no apparent reason.

For posterity, here is the original bbcode of that post:

[color=#545454][size=small][font=arial, sans-serif][color=#6a6a6a][b]The NeverEnding Story[/b][/color] (German: Die unendliche Geschichte) is a 1984 West German-produced English language epic fantasy film based on [color=#6a6a6a][b]the[/b][/color] novel of [color=#6a6a6a][b]the[/b][/color] same name by Michael Ende, about a boy who reads a magical book that tells a [color=#6a6a6a][b]story[/b][/color] of a young warrior whose task is to stop a dark storm called[color=#6a6a6a][b]the[/b][/color] Nothing from engulfing ...[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#6a6a6a][size=small][font=arial, sans-serif][b]The NeverEnding Story[/b][/font][/size][/color][color=#545454][size=small][font=arial, sans-serif] was [/font][/size][/color][color=#6a6a6a][size=small][font=arial, sans-serif][b]the[/b][/font][/size][/color][color=#545454][size=small][font=arial, sans-serif] first film adaptation of [/font][/size][/color][color=#6a6a6a][size=small][font=arial, sans-serif][b]the[/b][/font][/size][/color][color=#545454][size=small][font=arial, sans-serif] novel. It was released in 1984, directed by Wolfgang Petersen and starring Barret Oliver as Bastian, Noah Hathaway as Atreyu, and Tami Stronach as [/font][/size][/color][color=#6a6a6a][size=small][font=arial, sans-serif][b]the[/b][/font][/size][/color][color=#545454][size=small][font=arial, sans-serif] Childlike Empress.[color=#545454][size=small][font=arial, sans-serif]As a kid, I can remember adoring [/font][/size][/color][color=#6a6a6a][size=small][font=arial, sans-serif][b]The NeverEnding Story[/b][/font][/size][/color][color=#545454][size=small][font=arial, sans-serif], the 1984 fantasy spectacular filled with luckdragons and childlike empresses and ..[/font][/size][/color][/font][/size][/color]

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RE: What is this post? Why does it exist?

Maybe it's just a crappy bot that didn't fill out the sections properly.
I considered that it intended to put its spam in its signature, but it was not yet visible, because they didn't have 5 posts; however, I would think I would be able to see it in the admin CP, even if it hadn't been "activated" yet, but there was nothing.

So I guess my bet is on crappy bot.

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06-24-2017, 10:50 AM
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RE: What is this post? Why does it exist?

If you check the spammer's profile before deletion, you can sometimes spot links in the attached website and other fields.

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06-24-2017, 04:24 PM
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