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Comment Spam

June 1st, 2007 at 02:08pm

This blog, like any other WordPress blog, receives plenty of comment spam, admittedly it has been receiving and awful lot less comment spam since moving from Bluehost to AussieHQ hosting (dropped from thousands per month to hundreds per month), and the spam filter does a pretty good job at marking it all as spam, and even better yet, it hasn’t had a false positive (marking a legitimate comment as spam) for many months.

Update: Correction, there was a false positive earlier this week which was brought to my attention today. End Update

However I do, every month or so, get a false negative (which in my opinion is much better than a false positive) where a spam comment doesn’t get marked as spam. Due to the fact that these comments appear to come from non-existent users (who naturally don’t have any approved comments), the false negatives land in the moderation queue and I manually mark them as spam, so you never see them.

Today I received one of those spam comments, and I thought I’d share it with you because I can’t work out what it’s going on about, and I was hoping that you might have a theory.

run house…

Very actual information about run house….

Just like all comments spam there is a link to a website with absolutely nothing to do with the topic of the comment, and the aim of the spam is to get you to click the link…but why on earth would anybody click a link for that? What on earth is a “run house” and why do I need “very actual information” about one?

Moon experts might down play the effect a full moon has on people, but if they are going to speculate about what would happen if we had two moons, then they are probably just as influenced by the full moon as the crazy people of this planet.

Samuel

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2 Comments

  • 1. Adam 1.0  |  June 2nd, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    I’ve always thought that they put a random stream of words together that won’t appear anywhere else so they can search for that string of words and see what blogs have allowed their spam through so they can target them again in the future.

  • 2. Samuel  |  June 2nd, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    That would probably be a good idea, in that case they will run out of words shortly as they have just about exhausted every possible combination of pills, potions and pictures.

    I do tend to get a lot of repeat spam where the same spam bot will try to post the same thing on just about every post I’ve ever written. That’s one reason I’m glad I’ve got a spam filter running.

    There is one thing I have never seen advertised in spam, and that is the meat product of the same name…I wonder why?


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