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After reading a little more on the subject of spam comments I quickly learned two things. The first is that spam comments are a fact of life if you want to allow anonymous comments (and doubly so if you don’t like CAPTCHAs). The other is that the part that always gives away the spammer is that the comment doesn’t contain any information related to the actual content of your article. This is because the spammer has to write one text and then post it to many different sites. Philosophically speaking if the spammer wrote bespoke comments for each site they would not longer be a spammer. Perhaps an artisan spammer who wrote bespoke comments would wind up being called a fillet-steaker.
Anyhow even with no obvious motivation for the comment the following messages did rather give away their true nature, especially when you remember that many bloggers only moderate the first comment from a user so if you let them through assume they will be back.
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The next two posts represent the most sophisticated spam comments I’ve received so far. Both avoid flattery and instead try to latch onto technical paranoia instead. The first one is particular clever for the question in the middle and its assumption that other humans really need to read this message. Whilst I’d prefer spammers to find some more productive line of work you have to admire someone at the top of the game like this:
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It’s getting towards time to finish this post so I’ll introduce one of my favourites here. It’s not because of the quality of the prose, although one does have to admire the excellent spelling together with correct use of capital letters, commas and full stops (even on the last line). The reason it’s my favourite is this transparent attempt to flatter me into accepting the spam was attached to a pictoral joke. The “astonishingly thought-provoking” words that inspired such gushing praise numbered only ten.
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So to close I shall leave you with this comment and sincerely hope you share the sentiment.
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