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Boy, That’s Some Clever Spam

Since migrating my site from Blogger to WordPress, I’ve noticed something curious, with regard to comments.

As most of my six regular readers will remember, I would occasionally get anonymous comments on the Blogger B&E. Sometimes I’d reprint them and respond. I was always fond of the white people with dreadlocks who thought I was a closed-minded jerk for thinking that dreadlocks look silly on white people. And a few years back I was getting random comments from people who thought the oil company CEOs actually earned their outlandish salaries. But I allowed the comments to remain, even the ones that insulted me or called me names because I like free speech, and often the comments were funny or ridiculous or vicious or stupid or otherwise worth reading. Or not. But it’s always fun to call someone a fucking coward for their anonymity.

Alas, the days of anonymous comments are over. Even if someone wanted to post an anonymous comment on the WordPress B&E, they’d have to get through the site administrator (me), who approves all comments. I’d probably approve anonymous (non-spam) comments if I got them, but an email address is required in the form to fill out for approval. So, uh, no more anonymity. So Anonymous, if that is indeed his name, will no longer be commenting. It’s almost too bad.

I can’t say that I had a lot of problems with spam comments on the Blogger version of B&E. They’d come up from time to time, but usually I’d just delete the sucker or ignore it, and whatever.

But what is most curious about the migration to WordPress is that I get many more spam comments now. Like all comments, they have to get through the site administrator (me), and they include names and email addresses and web addresses and any other required information. Because the spammers must know how WordPress works, their comments are pretty innocuous, something like, “Thanks for the interesting link. How do you find the time to maintain this blog?”

Once I approve a commenter, they’re good to go. In other words, anyone who’s had a comment appear on the new B&E has been approved once and for all, and you shouldn’t have to fill out the form again. Congratulations, you four: you made it through the site administrator (me).

So these initial spam comments aren’t immediately selling me the Viagra or trying to transfer me millions of dollars from the lost account of a Nigerian oil baron. They’re just putting the feelers out, hoping I’ll mistake them for a real commenter and let them through the site administrator (me).

And over the years, random people have found B&E in random ways. So there have actually been a couple of comments since migrating over that I haven’t been sure about. My general rule to begin with is “when in doubt, spam them out.” If someone who legitimately reads this blog has discovered that their comment has gone awry somewhere, don’t be afraid to try again. And make your comment a bit more specific, so that I can recognize it clearly as non-spam.

But man, some of the spam out there is pretty well executed. You clever, dastardly spammers. I hate you so much.

One comment on “Boy, That’s Some Clever Spam

  1. hilary on said:

    I have a very similar post drafted! I am collecting the best spam to post all at once (but without any identifying info – not giving those sneaky spammers any credit). Mine lean towards awkwardly-translated compliments: “Comfortably, the post is in reality the best on this worthy topic. I harmonise with your conclusions and will thirstily look forward to your next updates.”

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