Sunday, February 21, 2010

Blog spam

I've finally succumbed and added word verification when commenting on my blog.  I still allow anonymous comments; but, I guess that will have to be the next to go if the word verification doesn't put a dent in the blog spamming.

What I don't understand is the weirdness of some of the blog spam.  I can understand those that contain links trying to sell or promote something.  But, some of these blog spam comments are just odd - for example, a few that I have rejected:

I think my DVR hates me
  • It is very interesting for me to read the article.  Thank you for it.  I like such themes and everything connect to them.  I would like to read a bit more soon
Jumping to conclusions or valid concerns
  • I want not agree on it.  I over nice post.  Specifically the appellation attracted me to be familiar with the intact story.
Self fulfilling prophecy
  • Good brief and this mail helped me alot in my college assignment.  Thank you seeking your information
  • Opulently I assent to but I dream the collection should acquire more info than it has.

I used to have a mission statement generator on my Palm Pilot years ago that generated a mission statement using random quotes - resulting in something that sounded surprisingly similar to some real mission statements I've seen.  Anyway, these comments have that same kind of feel - like they are computer generated comments.

If I'm right then what I don't understand is "why".  What purpose would somebody have to scan blogs and submit random generated anonymous comments?  And surely they could have done a better job at making them grammatically correct.

But, if I'm wrong - then there are people out there with some serious grammar problems adding nonsensical comments. 

I don't know which is worse, or scarier.

Is it just me?  Or are other people seeing this on their blogs?  What are your thoughts?


Cadence said...


I recently added the word verification also, because of the same problems. I don't keep track of my blog statistics (other then the # of hits after I blog for a day) but I think somehow I'm on some random tracking? list or something because my blog views have basically jumped to over a hundred after I create a new post. unless there have become that many mohos interested in my blog (which I doubt) I guess I need to log into my stats counter and see where they're all coming from to see if they're legit or not... the question is how do you put a stop to it? I guess I don't really care anymore if some human does do something with my lame blog other then create random junk to spam me in the comments I figure they'll be aware that mohos exist even if they don't know exactly what that means... ;)

Anonymous said...

Abe, do you know why it takes the MoHo directory so long to update? Sometimes, the updated blogs do not show up for 24 hours, sometimes, they are there immediately. It sometimes gets a little frustrating, but I still SO grateful you created it. It is very helpful. Again, thank you for ALl of the time and energy you put into it.

Happy day!

Brett said...

I've noticed it too. All of a sudden, about a month ago, one of my old posts started getting comments that had nothing to do with them. I've only just recently got around to deleting them and adding that same verification button. It's annoying, but I think it's a necessity on the Internet in this day and age.

robert said...

I,too, cannot understand the purpose or motivation for spam blog comments. What is it for? Who benefits? Seems pointless to me.