Blog Spam (Was: Telecommuting)

Ash Berlin ash_cpan at
Tue Dec 13 14:19:09 GMT 2011

On 13 Dec 2011, at 14:10, Paul Makepeace wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 13:50, Smylers <Smylers at> wrote:
>> Nicholas Clark writes:
>>> I was also amused by the (current) second comment, which is actually
>>> spam:
>>>     Thanks for taking the time to discuss about this, I feel strongly
>>>     about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, would
>>>     you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely
>>>     helpful for me.
>>> followed by a link to a completely unrelated e-commerce site.
>> Yeah, blog spammers seem to have a battery of anodyne comments, with
>> gushing so vague it could reasonably apply to information on a wide
>> range of subjects.
> One my blog got hit with (if 300 counts as a hit) was a series of
> short comments like that but with exact one misspelling consisting of
> a letter transposition. No link associated with it. Quite weird -
> wasn't sure what it was trying to achieve, maybe poisoning
> bayes/cluster filters with broken (but unusual) words so that they'd
> be "learnt" over time as signals for ham.
> Paul

"Never attribute to malice that which can be explained through incompetency."

The other possibilities is some numpty bought an automated tool and forgot to enter the url properly.


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