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Thursday, October 30, 2014

I Get Spam

Posted by jlwile on July 25, 2010

SPAM, a canned meat product and a very annoying form of advertisement.
(Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Spam_with_cans.jpeg)

As anyone who has a blog knows, one of the nuisances associated with blogging is the spammers. They have automated programs that find blogs and then leave “comments” that essentially advertise something. Of course, most bloggers use some sort of anti-spam software to keep the spammers at bay, but no such software is perfect. The software I use, Akismet, is pretty good, but every once in a while, it misidentifies a real comment as spam. Since I don’t want to lose any real comments, I go through the spam folder from time to time.

It’s usually not a big deal. Spams have a pattern to them, so I can usually get through 50 spams in just a few minutes. For example, most of them are short, and they say things like:

yes your portal incomparable ac, (link to the site being advertised)

wow that site class ap, (link to the site being advertised)

whant to say this board class gx, (link to the site being advertised)

wanna say it’s site peerless hs, (link to the site being advertised)

Well, yesterday I was going through my spam folder and saw something that didn’t fit the pattern. Here’s what it said:

HELP! I’m currently being held prisoner by the Russian mafia (link) and being forced to post spam comments on blogs and forums! If you don’t approve this they will kill me. (link) They’re coming back now. Please send help!
HELP! (link)

I think spammers are probably the lowest form of life, or at least they are giving politicians a good run for that position. Nevertheless, I think I could come to like the spammer who thought up that one!

Comments

7 Responses to “I Get Spam”
  1. Amanda Read says:

    Ha, that’s a great one! They are quite an odd, desperate bunch of people. One such spammer asked me to marry him once. I left his proposal in my Akismet bin.

  2. Lydia T says:

    haha wow! desperate much i think :D my mom and sisters gotta laugh outta that.

  3. thchipmunk says:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/math-comment-spam-protection/

    This will help slow the flow and is right up your intellectual alley!

  4. jlwile says:

    thchipmunk, that might be just what I am looking for. Thanks!

  5. thchipmunk says:

    I have seen these at more and more sites recently. There are others that ask a question such as “Click the picture of the cat” and will show pictures of a cat, dog, frog, and baby or variations thereof. I personally like them more than CAPTCHAs because of the fact that they rely more on human intelligence than they do on reading fuzzy/warped words which can present problems.

  6. Josiah says:

    I understand that the CAPTCHAs are better because they can be computer generated from an effectively endless supply of words, whereas pictures of babies, cats, dogs, etc can’t. Those math things are interesting, but I wouldn’t trust them too much either, since computers and math sort of go together. Perhaps at some point we’ll get squiggly pictures of a mathematical equations.

  7. jlwile says:

    For right now, I am still just going through the SPAM bucket.

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