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The life of the indignant comment spammer

October 29th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Social Media

A rather amusing incident occurred today. I was beavering away on one of my work related blogs when within minutes of a post going live, a new comment appeared.

The comment was relevant to the post, but then I noticed that the “commenter’s” URL was clearly comment spam – I obviously won’t reproduce it here.

Aside:

Now I had heard that spammers were circumventing technologies like Captchas (a technology which stops spammers doing automated sign ups) by employing lowly paid humans to physically register for hundreds of web sites – they’re called Captcha Solvers.

But I hadn’t come across blog spam solvers, but they’re out there.

Anyhow, I deleted/declined the comment and within seconds received an incredibly indignant reply querying why I had declined a relevant comment and suggesting I should change my mind.

Needless to say a quick challenge on the URL omitted no further response.

Clearly there are now armies of blog spam solvers monitoring RSS feeds and diving in with “relevant” comments with spam URLs.

Innovation is alive and well… even if it’s unpleasant.

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4 Comments so far ↓

  • Matt

    this reminds me of the stories about sweatshops in japan where people played World of Warcraft 24 hours a day to accumulate “gold,” which they would then sell to other online gamers.

    i don’t know if we will ever see an end to spam, regardless of the efforts we make to avoid it. still, i wonder what these blog spam solvers get paid. no amount of money would make that job worth it for me.

  • Tom Murphy

    I know Matt, it’s pretty abysmal, but I suppose you do what you have to do to pay the rent.

    They’re clearly under pressure for results though if they’re getting sniffy about being declined :-)

    TM

  • Tom

    I’m always amazed at the inventiveness of the criminal and annoying mind. Some very smart and dedicated people work on ways to piss people off and steal their money. You’d almost admire them if they weren’t such b*stards.

  • Tom Murphy

    LOL Tom… LOL… I think there’s broad agreement on that point!
    TM

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