To spam, or not to spam!

There are various spambots out there that look for blog commenting facilities to which they can add advertisements for some or other crap. By definition whatever they are advertising is crap, or they wouldn’t use such underhanded methods.

Since I have to approve each user on his or her first making of a comment, I can simply mark these as spam. And I do.

But recently I’ve just received first posting approval emails for comments which aren’t spam in themselves, but are curiously non-specific. For example, yesterday in response to my Power, chemical and electrical post from over two months ago, I received a first-comment-email-approval-request for this comment (sic):

i still dont know whether i agree with you on this one or not. but its good arumentative post.

Now, this could be perfectly legitimate, but it seems to me to be worded specifically so that it can be applied to just about anything. If it were spam and I were to approve it, then it would probably be picked up on a subsequent crawl by a spambot, whereupon it could unleash its full tirade of spam.

I considered emailing the reported commenter, but that would simply provide the spammer with my confirmed email address.

So I’m consigning this comment to ‘Spam’ treatment. If it was a legit comment by a real human being, then please find my email address on this site and contact me, so I can restore your words.

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6 Responses to To spam, or not to spam!

  1. treblid says:

    It’s spam.. 😀 Try and google the words and you should find the same words appearing everywhere…

  2. Stephen Dawson says:

    Oh, I see. Yes, 1,530 results on a direct quote.

  3. Anthony says:

    And here i was thinking that this was my most insightful and original comment. It seems that this critism and 1,530 prior posts would indicate otherwise

  4. Michael Cuddihy says:

    I reckon it is skynet making tentative first steps.

  5. Stephen Dawson says:

    There’s a rash of them at the moment. Just got one that said: ‘You have given me great points for my new article and i am going to use that.’, as if a professional writer would welcome that!

    I don’t know if these have been floating around for ages and the spamming system has just discovered this blog, or if there’s a sudden uptick in this kind of spamming.

  6. Michael Cuddihy says:

    hmm prospective plagiarism as flattery…

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