Spam: Laughter the greatest healer

Posted on March 16, 2012

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Over on my blog at the Collective Content website I’m turning off Comments, at least for a while. The level of spam (easily over 90% of comments submitted) is simultaneously depressing and ‘one of those things’.

There are better solutions than flicking the off switch but they’ll have to wait. What I can do in the meantime (ie here) is share a little about how spam has changed.

For a little while people have written about ‘spam sweatshops’ where people, often in low-cost developing countries, manually solve Captchas. Besides that, I wonder how many actual spam posts are still auto-generated and how many involve cut and paste all kinds of stuff.

So what follows is a selection, with a bit of commentary. (Spam in bold, my words in italics.)

Thank you for finding the time to explain the terminlogy to the learners!

Not at all. Ah, just realised you’re not a real comment.

Good content, We are checking back on a regular basis to search for upgrades.

You’re not. But at least you’re almost writing in sentences.

this article has changed my life, when i read it and followed it, i was also happy.

I won’t say what the article was. But it didn’t change anyone’s life. Glad to know it also made them happy. (Even if there is no ‘them’.)

Thnkniig like that shows an expert at work

Use a spellchecker.

I realised a disproportionate amount of spam was in Portuguese or from Brazil. Is that a trend? Even when I get something innocuous, given all the other posts, I read something like this…

Nice post I like a lot

…as if it was being said by Borat

And then there has been the plain mental. Too many I just deleted. What was I thinking? A case in point:

You probably did the a terrific perform crafting and revealing the hidden useful functions of BlogEngine.Internet, that I discovered it had been popularly made use of by bloggers at present. I believe BE has emerged to become one of many ideal running a blog platform at this time. I would like you superior luck using your running a blog activities.

Then there have been the professionally insulting. They include:

of course like your web site however you need to take a look at the spelling on quite a
few of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling
issues and I find it very troublesome to
tell the truth however I’ll surely come back again.

and

i don’t understand your line of thought. could you make it clearer please?

On second thoughts, perhaps the last spammer has a point.

Promise to update this with better ones that comes along. I haven’t named any of the offending spammers or their domains/sites on purpose. I wouldn’t dream of clicking through.

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