It’s rough to be a spammer these days. Newer and more powerful programs block out even the most persistent forms of spam. Most bloggers don’t take time to go through the literally thousands of pieces of comment spam looking for genuine comments. Spammers keep trying harder and harder to convince the few people who venture into the spam holding cell they have a real comment and are not just trying to sell you viagra or painkillers.
“Your site has made me smile”, says an insurance spambot, and posts a smilie. “Your site is also very interesting, very calming effect just reading it…” says a spambot selling diet pills. “I Googled for something completely different, but found your page…and have to say thanks. nice read….” sounds almost human, until you see that this week everyone is using it. There is even a dangling modifier English-is-not-my-first-language version of it from another diet pill spambot: “I found your website after I have been surfing the internet to be useful”. Or the mindless sycophant-bot:”I have admire your unselfishness in taking the time to make this web site.” This last one seems to have missed something in the translation: “Hi. Yes, interesting surrender all are described. I recently read about this article in on the other resource.”
Then, this comment spam from a certain “doctor pp” pill spambot stopped me up short:
Hello, I just wanted to say you have a very informative site which really made me think, Thanks ! A site with a wealth of info.!…thanks very much! Have a nice Day!!
Holy catfish. That’s the Thinking Blogger Meme. Back in February it was started over at:
and now it’s being used by some spammer in Milton, Australia. Do you suppose it’s about to go ….viral?