Blog Spam (Was: Telecommuting)

Paul Makepeace paulm at
Tue Dec 13 14:34:53 GMT 2011

On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 14:19, Ash Berlin <ash_cpan at> wrote:

> > 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.

Yeah, it wasn't the same data each time, it was a lot of different phrases,
some of which were quite idiomatic. But: exactly one transposition
misspelling (in a different word each time)--looked too deliberate to be a

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