If you mosey on back through my blog archives, you’ll find a little post entitled Earning The Respect of My Fellow WordPress Bloggers Has Me Humbled. This was not a gushing self-tribute masquerading as modesty, as the title might suggest, but was me taking shots at every blogger’s friend, the comment spammer.
For the non-bloggers in my reading audience, let me explain that we each have a backstage area, or back lot as they call it in the movies, where all the behind the magic nitty-gritty takes place. This is our dashboard. On the back lot, you’ll find a little dugeon where WordPress quarantines comments that don’t pass the sniff test. We might call this our spamalot. (Get it? I’m continuing the back lot analogy with a pun. Clever, no?)
I still don’t quite get how these comments are supposed to help spammers, but I think it has something to do with dazzling readers with their erudition so they’ll check out the spammer’s blog and stay to buy stuff like computers and knock-off designer handbags.
A couple of times I’ve found legitimate comments from people I actually like had gotten caught up in the spam trap, and I had to come to their rescue. I don’t get back to my spamalot very often, what with my busy schedule of winning awards, deep thinking and all whatnot, but I took a stroll over there today. No blogging buddies drowning in spam quicksand, but I did discover something interesting. It appears there’s a new breed of spammer in town.
One distinguishing feature of a typical spam comment is that it’s obvious the sender does not count English as their primary language. That’s also the funniest feature. This new breed has brushed up on their conjugation, and is getting more sophisticated in an effort to defeat WordPress’ ever-vigilant filters.
Here are some new comments, lifted directly from my spamalot:
Quotes about love:
- Keith Bourdages says: “Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.” ~ H. L. Mencken
- Theron Hagley offers: “Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else.” ~ Jose Ortega y Gasset
Interesting strategy. Who doesn’t like reading inspiring quotes about love? Don’t know what it has to do with selling Coach-ish purses, but this is quality spam right here.
- Sudie Sokorai enthuses: A special Happy Birthday to my favorite person!
My birthday was last month. But it was nice of her to think of me. That’s more than some family members did.
General sucking up:
- test a ipad 2 the keep it for free says: Good review! This is exactly the type of information that should be shared around the web. Sad on the Google for not ranking this article higher!
- Reynaldo Amara says: Thank you, I have been looking for information about this subject for ages and yours is the best I’ve located so far.
I have to agree with test a ipad; sad on the Google, indeed. My only complaint is, why can’t real commenters be saying all this great stuff about me?
- World War Fupa says: The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention.
I’m sure that this is a new comment spam tactic. WordPress said it was spam, and they should know. Couldn’t be an actual comment from a disgruntled reader. I mean, it’s not as if I ever whine. Everybody probably gets these digs at their writing ability, right?
If you are being plagued by spam, fellow bloggers, remember that the noble Knights of the WordPress Spam Table stand ready to protect you. Just send up the signal (or click on this link http://en.support.wordpress.com/unwanted-comments/), and they will slay all your spam dragons.
Then you can live happily ever after.