Spam is weird 1

JISHOU, HUNAN — By that headline, I mean comment spam, not the tinned meat. For weeks now, spam comments to one particular post I wrote in 2007 have been sneaking past my anti-spam filters. Every day, I have to manually delete at least two or three.

The comments are typically completely generic, complimenting the post or the blog in general, promising the writer will follow me, or imitate me, and by the way, mentioning some product or service the commenter is hawking. Some are more subtle, and make no product/service references, but the associated emails and URLs tip their hands. Here’s one spambot example, for some payday service:

I was recommended this blog through my cousin. I’m not sure whether this submit is written by way of him as no one else realize such targeted about my problem. You are amazing! Thank you!

And it’s just that one post. All I can guess is someone has linked to it on some spamifying service, and it’s now gone viral. Ironically, the post is about my site being hacked by a spammer.

As an experiment, I will either change the post’s headline (and thus its link) or remove it entirely in a few days.

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One comment on “Spam is weird

  1. Reply eljefe Nov 18,2011 4:24 pm

    Via Facebook —

    Peter K.
    I use Akismet and rarely have to deal with any spam on my blog. But you’re right, occasionally one will creep through as a candidate, usually one that is completely generic as you describe. They’re hoping simply to get links (and thus higher page rank) on established, reputable sites. Keep up the good fight: it’s spy-versus-spy, as I always say.

    Yesterday at 4:43am

    From me:

    You’ll especially appreciate this new spam I got yesterday:

    Interessanter Artikel, sehr interessantes Thema – Freue mich auf mehr solche Posts. P.S.: rechts oben wird wohl ein Artikelbild nicht korrekt angezeigt. Liebe Grüße

    Yesterday at 7:27am

    Sarah M.
    You just can’t keep good spam down…Sorry.
    Yesterday at 9:32am

    Peter K
    Translation: “interesting article, very interesting topic. I look forward to more such posts. P.S.: one of the images on the upper right isn’t rendering correctly.”
    Generic — I can imagine this type is tough for a spam detector to pinpoint.

    Yesterday at 12:19pm

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