Comment Spam

I'm sick of the comment spams, so I'll be turning on blogger's "word verification" for the comments.

I hope this isn't too much of an inconvenience, and that you'll continue to comment with fervor.

(Ok, I'll admit, I just felt like using the word "fervor.")

6 comments:

  1. Ok, looks like it worked.

    Although, that's not really a word, it's just a string of wavy letters. But whatever...

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  2. I have just started getting comment spam too. The odd thing is it's often on posts from 2004. I'm not sure why they think that will be visible at all. Even spamming my front page won't do much good unless their goal is to annoy me.

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  3. What I don't understand is why they bother to make their comments look like "real" comments. If you really must spam me, just give me the link to your site. Do they think anyone is buying their charade? "Hey! Your blog is really cool. Funny and informative. Check our my blog when you get a chance! It's about low-interest home loans!"

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  4. Curtis and Kim,

    I think you are not the target audience for comment spammers, Google is. They want search engines to find the comment and count it as a vote for their web site. (The more inbound links a site has, the more important Google thinks it is.) They are hoping to be as unobtrusive as possible, so you will not notice their comment and delete it. Thus they add comments to old posts where you might not see them and try to disguise them so a careless glance won't reveal them as spam. However, they pretty much have to include the search terms they're targeting, such as "low-interest home loans."

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  5. Ah. I guess that makes sense, oh wise one. But then I wonder why Blogger, which is owned by Google, set up this whole word verification thing.

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  6. Ohhhhhh. I get it now. Don't mind me, takes me a few days sometimes.

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