Interesting – Disqus has an email address thief

I attempted to comment to an article here:

http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/2015/03/what-if-we-gave-war-and-everyone-came.html

and got an error message:

OR PICK A NAME

That email address is already registered with a Disqus account. Log in or enter another email.

Disqus claims I have an account when I don't.

Disqus claims I have an account when I don’t.

As the saying goes “Very Interesting….”

Visiting their web site here:

https://disqus.com/

gave no joy on any email address to which I might send a complaint that someone has poached my email address for a Disqus account. (In theory, postmaster@whereever.com is supposed to always exist and I might try it later, but is typically automated / scanned…)

So after looking around for a while and finding the site very hostile to external communications from someone not a member (and being unwilling to open an account with Some Non Me email as mine has already been poached by someone there so I can’t use it) I found another way, maybe.

They have a job listing for a

Site Reliability Engineer
We’re looking for an experienced Site Reliability Engineer to play an integral role on our Dev Ops team at Disqus. The ideal person is obsessed with uptime and site speed and has years of experience with server hardware and Linux systems. At the same time, you are passionate about working with development engineers to get more done faster with less trouble. You’ll be working at our office in San Francisco. Disqus reaches over 1 billion unique visitors a month. You’ll be working on large scale challenges immediately as well as make a huge, lasting impact on all technical decisions.

And figuring that having unreliable email addresses and folks poaching other folks email addresses is kind of along those lines, I applied for it… and in the question about “website” included the information that my email address had been poached. We’ll see if they get clue about it all… ;-)

Full job listing here:

https://boards.greenhouse.io/disqus/jobs/5215#.VRRV8FX38yg

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Apply Now
Site Reliability Engineer
at Disqus (View all jobs)
San Francisco, CA or New York, NY
We’re looking for an experienced Site Reliability Engineer to play an integral role on our Dev Ops team at Disqus. The ideal person is obsessed with uptime and site speed and has years of experience with server hardware and Linux systems. At the same time, you are passionate about working with development engineers to get more done faster with less trouble. You’ll be working at our office in San Francisco. Disqus reaches over 1 billion unique visitors a month. You’ll be working on large scale challenges immediately as well as make a huge, lasting impact on all technical decisions.

What You’ll Do

Work with our server-side infrastructure, including configuring Linux systems (e.g. packaging) and dealing with hardware.
Participate in 24/7 on-call rotation (be available by phone or email in case something goes wrong)
Troubleshoot issues with hardware, software, applications and network
Work with engineers on product decisions and troubleshooting, but primarily work independently
Help improve the development organization’s ability to rapidly and safely deploy code
Architect and build our systems for maximum productivity and scalability
What We’re Looking For

Proven ability to build large, reliable, scalable infrastructure — you’ve directly contributed to scaling a highly-trafficked website or web application
Extensive knowledge of Linux (we use Ubuntu and Debian) and 5+ years of system administrator experience
PostgreSQL, Slony, pgbouncer; also non-relational such as Cassandra
Nginx, HAProxy, Varnish, Memcached
Knowledge of shell scripting and Python (familiarity with Django is a plus)
Able to join the team onsite at San Francisco HQ
Nice-to-Haves

A relevant university degree is great, but we care more about industry experience and knowledge
Programming experience (Python, Django, JavaScript). You’ll work directly with engineers and assist in debugging/optimizing on the application-side
Previous work experience in a startup environment
Previous experience with a development focused operations team
About Disqus

What is Disqus?
Disqus is a free service that enables great online communities. As the web’s most popular discussion system, Disqus is used by 3 million websites that cover pretty much any topic imaginable. Our magic is in connecting people to stuff worth talking about.

Who We Are
Disqus is a fast-growing team making a big impact. We’re a group of hackers and tech geeks who love the web and believe that better communities will make an even better web. We believe in amazing user experiences, well-designed code, and fast, iterative development.

We go above and beyond when it comes to thinking outside of the box to solve problems creatively. We’re driven to learn and implement new technologies, and figure how to scale them to accommodate our massive scale. Are you up for the challenge of building an application that supports 50,000+ requests per second, and 4MM active concurrent connections to our realtime stream? Then join us.

We love what we do, and we love the team we’ve built.

Work Perks

We’re a small team that gets a lot done and has a lot of fun along the way. All full-time employees of Disqus receive the same great benefits:
Competitive salaries and stock options
Daily catered lunch and fully stocked snacks, drinks, and beer
Weekly in-office yoga and massage
Apple computers and a bountiful equipment policy
Flexible hours, so you can be at your most productive
Generous out-of-office time for holidays, vacation, sick leave, and personal or family needs
Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plan options
Team celebrations: company anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, babies – you name it, we celebrate it!
401(k) plan, pre-tax commuter benefits, employee assistance program and flex spending accounts
Convenient office location in SOMA near public transit (blocks from BART, Muni, Caltrain) and parking
Friendly, casual office environment with plenty of toys (foosball, ping pong, video games, and more)

Their application demands many fields and has entries for several kind of social media (Facebook, and Twitter, but oddly, not Linkedin where most professional folks look to make job connections).

They demand an entry for “Skype Alias” though it accepted my entry of “It used to be chiefio but I no longer use Skype since Microsoft bought them”. Leaving out that it had been made a nice little NSA feed in the process… and it also seems from their expectation of high social media interaction that they have no clue that Security Guys are not keen on too much public access to their information…

They will likely also be surprised at my resume that was attached listing Orlando as my address ( it still is, legally) while I put that I was presently in San Jose in the slot on their online application (as that is where my seat is at the moment). Oh Well.

I can only hope that they figure out that the email address that is on the resume is the same as a Disqus account, but a different person. And maybe fix it.

Until then, it looks like I can’t comment at blogspot pages. Not like it was high on my list of things to do…

At blogspot.com you get redirected to a Google site for “support”. I looked at the form for complaining about ‘Impersonation’ but it auto-filled in my google gmail account (rarely used and only for non-serious stuff like testing chrome… due to the Google “all your data are ours” policies…) and would not let me make a complaint without uploading a photo of my drivers licence. Not having a photo to hand, and not doing to send one to Google anyway, that’s a dead end.

Please attach a clear, readable copy of your valid driver’s license, national ID card, or other photo ID. *

https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/82112

So it looks like it is “open season” on anyone you don’t like. Just open a Disqus account using their email address, then without even logging in you can disrupt their ability to post on various forums. Nice. Then you could log in and post all sorts of inflammatory crap to fill up their email box if you desired. Very nice.

Oh, my comment was:

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11B40 • 4 hours ago
Greetings:

With all due respect to the recently and sadly deceased Fouad Ajami, who did much to shape my thinking about that benighted region, those are the lands of “I against my brother; my brother and I against our cousin; and my cousin, my brother, and I against the stranger”. (And we kuffars are always strangers, aren’t we now ???

My own formulation goes like this: Islam is the millstone. It is nothing more than the globalization of predatory 7th Century Arab tribal culture under a thin veneer of religion. And if your plan doesn’t include constraining, undermining, or eradicating Islam, you don’t have a plan. What you have is a hope.
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E.M.Smith Comment:

I think one of my favorite sayings applies here. Usually I use it related to stock trading, but…

“And Hope is not a strategy. -E.M.Smith”

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3 Responses to Interesting – Disqus has an email address thief

  1. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; It would appear that your qualifications and their needs dovetail. They need you to fix their problem with your account 8-) Most likely over qualified, but at least they can check up on you by reading your blog. Emmmmm……………..likely some part of their operation already knows who you are.

    Any time a blog pops up with Disqus demands for sign up to comment I abandon the site.

    Strange if your post results in a job offer ;-) they need you! pg

  2. R. de Haan says:

    They will never offer a job to a free thinking Maverick like E.M.

    They want Borg that never ask questions.

    I will never understand why people use this Disqus service after what has been published in regard to Big Data and all anyhow and I certainly don’t understand people running blogs, like Eureferendum for example, making the use of Disqus to log in and leave a comment an obligatory procedure.

    I am sure E.M has the talent and maybe the luck to make is own fortune.

    What about a counter operation to Change.org. Those raiders make a fortune selling the data of the petitioners to NGO’s.

    Someone should be doing something about that because they provide a platform for morons and idiots.

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    Well,

    I’ve gotten the “pro-forma” email… :

    Hi Edward,

    I’m Helen, your friendly recruiter here at Disqus.

    Thanks for your interest in working with us! Your application for our open Site Reliability Engineer role has been received. We’ll be in touch soon regarding next steps.

    Cheers,
    Helen Laroche
    Staffing @ Disqus

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