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Anyone know what's up with these "fake" github accounts forking/starring random repositories?

sovietspy2 profile image Barney ・1 min read

Hey!

I've been doing many POC projects and sharing them on Github. Most of the time these are just tutorials I've completed. Nothing interesting or valuable really. And time to time I notice that someone starred my repo. I checked these account's activity and it seemed like they are just starring and forking random (random to me) repositories. Does anyone have an idea why?

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Maybe related to this? github.com/Ullaakut/astronomer

Git bot accounts, didn't realize that they exist ... you might use this tool to verify the theory that the accounts that did the starring are non-human indeed.

And as to "why", well apparently individuals with let's say a bit "lower" standards might utilize this to increase their ranking ... but I don't know if and how that would make sense in your specific case (I mean you're not one of those "individuals" for sure!)