Spam Karma

Wobbly Text Spam, originally uploaded by Michael Surtees.

Everyone gets spam, but if you blog you’ll also get spam entries for your blog. From time to time I’ll get some comments that are spam, but I wonder if I should let them get posted b/c they’re just so nice. It’s funny how the bots think that if they give a complementary gesture, the odds of getting posted are better. Some of the more recent posts that I’ve sadly had to deny include:

First time here on your site. I am delighted to find your wonderful website online.

Your post is on target. Keep it up….

Thank you, I could not have sead it better my self….

Very good web site

Hi! Very Good Site! Keep Doing That!

Very well! Your site is neat!

Like what you have to say. Your blog makes good since to me….

Exelent! Good work!

You have a great page!

One of the best locations I’ve come across lately!!! Definately a permanent bookmark!

I’m glad I found your site! It’s nice!

Amazing artwork! This is spectacularly done!

Good site, nice design!

Hi people! Great job!

I mean, how could you really argue with these comments? Sadly there’s more text that corresponds with the entry that aren’t exactly appropriate.

If you’re still reading this post, and are interested in spam behaviour, go visit Spamosphere. It’s got a great collection of the strange things that are going on. The categories are quite funny too: SPAM STOCK SUMMARY, animated URL type-in, camouflage fax , confetti fax, content blabber, ending blabber, ending cut & paste, filter test, filter word misspell, fireworks fax, mortgage request, name dropping, pharmaceutical, porn, replica retail, scribble fax, stock tips, table colors, wobbly text…

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  • Steve Portigal

    Yeah, those encouraging comments are a nice bit of a social engineering. It’s only when I see the URL associated with them as some spamblog orworse that I realize why they’ve been flagged as spam. I hope you are using Akismet to automate most of that?

    Today I got a comment that read like spam (Hi, how are you) but was from a Yahoo mail account, and was on a thread that had a very sarcastic comment in that same vein; did this person not get it? Is it a robot? Am I being tested for spam resistance? Who knows!

  • Michael Surtees

    Steve – I’m not that cool yet to need spam filtering. Most of that stuff comes via my blog that catches it.

  • enrique vamp

    Thanks for the heads up. I also thought if it would be more elegant to only check the validity of the key when it changed (like the regular Akismet plugin does) and not on every view of the adminpage.