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A New Kind of Comment Spam

August 20, 2011

This blog uses a spam filter on comments, and occasionally I check the spam folder just to see what kind of junk exists.

The most common spam are disguised as generic praise, such as “this is a nice site” or “I agree with your argument,” and often the praise is a bit over the top (e.g. “you are obviously an expert”). Although I’d love to take this flattering praise seriously, it’s trivially transparent because the message is so immaterial.

Some ingenious spammers caught on that this approach doesn’t work, and try the opposite: arguing or criticizing, but again without any specific content, for example “You make a good point but have you considered that you might be wrong?” Often these make paragraph-long counterpoints impressive in their ability to offer counters to nothing.

Then, there’s a whole class of spam that consists of rants about Zune, sometimes coherent and occasionally psychotic. Surprisingly, comments about Zune comprise about half the spam to this site.

A recent spam submitted to my WP7 post caught my eye because it is amusingly off-topic relative to this blog:

Gonna follow your fitness and bodybuilding advice to be #1 in the world!! MOVE OVER JAY CUTLER!!!!

Although it turns out to be less obtuse than I originally thought. What I didn’t realize is Jay Cutler is a famous muscle man (pictured above). When I read the quote, it made less sense to me because Jay Cutler is also the turnover-prone quarterback for the Chicago Bears (pictured below), known for pouting and drunkenness (and in my circle, for calling a friend of my friend a “bitch” in an upscale Chicago restaurant, unprovoked).

While spam is annoying, at least some times it can be amusing. And since this blog is about making you #1 in the world, this comment is totally relevant. Move over Jay Cutlers, indeed!

See below for a variety of spam comments that come in.

22 Comments
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