Aggressive spam

Hey, if you’re going to spam somebody’s blog, why not be aggressive about it?

Here’s one that actually got past my filters–but not the human filter:

The subsequent time I read a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I imply, I do 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 can repair for those who werent too busy searching for attention.

I see the logic behind this kind of attack: If I believe in open discussion, I’m certainly not going to suppress a comment just because it’s being critical of my post, right?

Right. Unless the comment:

  • is semi-literate (and that wouldn’t knock it out)
  • is attached to a post for which it really makes no sense
  • oh, lookie there, has a pseudo-commercial site as a link to the “author’s” name…

Actually, I’ve gotten lots worse–but those are trapped by Spam Karma 2, and it’s really difficult to transcribe the comments into a new post (you can’t cut-and-paste from the review panel).

Expect another post soon about the status of various projects…if I’m not too busy working on them.

One Response to “Aggressive spam”

  1. Martyn Hare Says:

    Quick idea to kill of spambots like that, without restricting legitimate user input:

    How about general-knowledge quizzery upon posting with HTML/CSS elements that are hidden to confuse bot-logic? Something like:

    What is the second day of the week[Hidden by CSS]s yesterday[/Hidden by CSS]?

    or

    Please name a month of the year that is [Hidden by CSS]NOT[/Hidden by CSS] the 6th month?

    Also, requiring obfuscated JS to have the comment form show kills 90% of spambots instantly anyway ;-)


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