Saturday, July 27, 2013

Comment spam, part 1: Don't publish these!

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When I started blogging, I was at first astounded by the amount of spam comments I get. Why do people bother with this? Today, my reaction alternates between being annoyed and amused.

Normally, I delete all spam comments after a quick check — sometimes, Blogger puts a legitimate comment into the Spam folder, or rarely, spam filters through Google’s firewall and ends up on my “Awaiting moderation” page.

But I’ve noticed patterns. Most spam comments fall into a few categories — at least, the ones I get. And some get repeat almost verbatim; others are so close, they’re obvious variations on a theme.

So for your edification and amusement, I stopped deleting them about two weeks ago, and let them build up in the “Spam” folder. Now, here are a few examples of the “better” ones.

Grammatically flawed flattery
Some spammers think that buttering me up will convince me to click on their scams. But for me, horrible grammar is a real turn-off.

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If I doubted that was spam, that last bit about his/her blog cinched it.

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Adaptable piano benches?
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Comments about recommendations from the spammer’s brother come frequently:
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I got him/her a teacher?
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Flattery, with added opportunity
Sometimes, the spammer goes to the next step in enticing me:
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Who could resist that?
Don’t click on any of these comments, if you get them in your blog. Having your links and information spread to even more spam!

Next post: helpful spam, spam that asks questions and spam that's just plain bizarre. 

1 comment:

  1. These are hilarious! I get some, but none as inventive as these. I can imagine some little chaps in third world countries sitting in internet cafes with Google Translate open in another window...!