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.