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Monkey? Really?

Lately I’ve had some interesting spammers stop by. Sure, there are the “normal” ones, that make no attempt to hide their intent.

But in the last week, I had a small cluster of spammers who not only copied names of legitimate readers as their usernames, but left comments that actually related to what I was writing about.

The only tip-off was that the URL they entered was a business of one variety or another. The comments that were clearly fake but at least did relate to the subject were allowed to appear, minus the URL, which I deleted behind the scenes.

There’s nothing like defeating a spammer.

Today, I received an odd spam comment to an old post. A very old post, in fact, dating all the way back to 2005. (That’s another tip-off to likely spam.)

The commenter’s username was similar to the name of the website, a computer sales site with a Canadian domain. The comment itself was what was so out of the ordinary this time. The message was but a single line:

Publish u monkey!

Monkey? Where did that come from? I’m pretty sure that “monkey” isn’t a term of endearment from our friends to the north. At least, my friends from Toronto have never mentioned that one before.

This is the kind of comment that’s actually a little disappointing: not because I was even remotely insulted by it, but because it stood out like so big of a sore thumb that there was no doubt at all that it was spam.

Which leads me to wonder why they’d even bother.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.