October 8, 2012

They Must be Kidding


Anyone who has been blogging for a while is well acquainted with spammers or people trying to leave comments that really is designed to serve one purpose: to promote a web site or get a link on the Internet. That is why some blogs use those irritating and sometimes hard-to-decipher words before someone is allowed to post a comment: To keep machines and automated comments from making their way onto the blog. Those things drive me crazy and sometimes mean I don't comment when I want to because it is such a hassle to figure out the words.

I understand the problem, however. As Satisfying Retirement has grown in readership the number of these automated comments has reached close to two dozen a day. Instead of the word/number system I prefer to simply delay posting whatever is typed until I can manually review the comment. In that way you don't have to do any extra work and the spammers don't get onto the blog.

But, that doesn't stop them from trying. As soon as I see Anonymous as the commenter I assume another spammer. Even so I check each one because I never want to deny someone the chance to add his or her thoughts without having to use a name. As you can imagine the amount of time required to check every comment before it sees the light of day is not unsubstantial but has become the "cost of doing business." 

Today I thought it might be fun to take some of the dumbest attempts at spamming and show you what most bloggers deal with every day. Frankly, I can't tell if many of these are generated by a machine that simply strings nonsense together, or someone with a less-than-effective understanding of English thinks what he or she is writing makes sense. Whatever the case, chuckle along with me as you read a sampling of what has hit my mailbox in the last week or so. Obviously, I have deleted any links or something that would accomplish the spammer's purpose.



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25 comments:

  1. Although I do not have a blog site like yourself, Bob, I get a high amount of spam email through my personal email accounts. What kills me are the obvious ones:

    -tremendous amounts of misspellings (although I sometimes wonder if that is a good barometer to use, judging by many folks today and their writing/grammar skills)

    -using symbols on characters that are prominent in foreign languages but not our own

    -the never-ending emails that want to give me huge amounts of money for a small fee

    -the obvious concern for the size of my manhood, or

    -for charitable organizations that want to help some obscure group of people that probably hasn't existed in 3000 years.

    Those are the easy spammers to spot, and the spam filters on most sites are good at catching them. The ones that replicate legitimate web sites, logos for financial organizations, and so on are far scarier. Looks like we'll never be rid of these types of criminals, as long as it appears to be more lucrative than actually working for a living.

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  2. Good morning, Chuck,

    I woke up to six more spamming comments just like above. I gather these folks never sleep, or are coming from somewhere else on the planet.

    I used to receive a dozen manhood enhancing offers a day, but now very rarely. Maybe that should worry me!

    Google catches about 50% of the garbage. The rest I have to uncover.

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  3. LOL, great read! Apparently spammers only worry about male body parts and their function. I get those as well.

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    1. So does my wife. To her eternal credit she doesn't forward them to me.

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  4. Lol..........I feel your pain. I also do not have that little thing where you have to type something. I just take the time to moderate them quickly myself as I get time.

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    1. Someone should conduct a poll about those number/letter things. I would imagine most folks dislike them intensely.

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    2. I don't mind them if you can read the letters, but if it takes more than two attempts to correctly decipher I generally just give up.

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  5. I've been pretty lucky so far with the blog but I had an invasive malware issue last week that pretty much shut me down for 5 days. Now I'm starting to see spam on The Blogstress Network site. I'm in the process of moving it to WordPress so hopefully that will end it.

    I would just like to know what kind of satisfaction these horrible trolls get from anonymously screwing up someone else's work. Seems beyond evil.
    b

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    1. I have received 3 spammer comments this morning attempting to get on this post...about stupid spammers!

      I would guess most are motivated by money...they get paid if they can trick someone into adding a link. For pure malware people, they are the same people who grew up pulling wings off flies for the fun of it, or cheating in school and feeling superior. They have a pathological need for attention and power.

      It is all pretty sad.

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  6. I tried going off the spam blocker and started having the same problem -- many items containing messages starting off like: "oacpku vhsnd ftuihfp rskcue . . . " so I felt forced to reinstate the spam blocker. Hope it doesn't dissuade you from commenting.

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    1. Bloggers really only have 2 choices: don't post anything until you have read it, or use the captcha system. The only problem with captcha is when the characters are too difficult to read. I have the system generate new choices until I hit one that I can decipher, or as Tamara notes above, I give up.

      Usually, the ones on your site are not a problem, Tom.

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  7. Hmm--not to take away from making you feel special, but I've gotten a number of these exact spams--Mr. Fastidious tried to post today. What I don't get are the foreign language ones or the ones that just string nonsense syllables together--does ANYONE actually go to their websites? And if they do, then what? At least those that promise to make my non-existent male organs bigger or want to show me a web-cam of Suzy and her sextoys have something to offer, if not what I or my readers particularly want to buy.

    But I DO HATE those sideways squiggly words that I cannot read and cannot duplicate--better that we bloggers sift through our comments than foist those codes upon our readers.

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    1. I understand why bloggers choose the words, but agree with you: delay posting the comment until it can be reviewed.

      Another dozen or so today....and yes, Mr. Fastidious who has an interesting interpretation of the English language, is a regular.

      I don't feel special. I feel harassed.

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  8. The ones that start as another language often "translate to gobbly gook". I prefer the delay over the number/letter system. I have a few sites that I do not even read any more since I cannot comment. And you know that I love to comment ;>)

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    1. Maybe I should do a post about the number/letter system and whether it drives people away. The problem is one of control and safety for the blogger vs. convenience for the reader.

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  9. I'm wondering why those folks don't find another way to spend their time.

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  10. Because this post on spamming with stupid comments has received a dozen of the same type of garbage, I have to think these are all computer generated after doing a search for key words.

    Why do people develop malware or virus software? I wish I had an answer!

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  11. Wow, I had no idea all this was involved! No wonder when I began commenting, you preferred I use my name. My apologies for complicating things. The internet is such a wonderful source for information and connecting with people. But conversely, like most things in life, a few people have to use-and-abuse it. I enjoy stopping by several blogs from time to time to learn and I believe you are the only blogger that responds to comments regularly. That has to be very time consuming for you....but very edifying for your readers. But I am sure there may be others like me who was unaware of all the other "goodies" that you had to deal with. Thank you, Bob!

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    1. You are very welcome, Linda. Responding to comments seems like common courtesy and helps me crystallize my thoughts. It is much less valuable for everyone if there isn't an acknowledgment and a response. There is nothing more gratifying to me than to wake up to several new comments waiting to be approved and responded to.

      I love comments...I hate the time I have to spend to delete the spam. But, it comes with the territory.

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  12. Oh my goodness...all I could think when I read these was the people are just practicing their english or just got a computer but don't quite know what to do with it yet! I got one today (email) wanting me to allow a guest post on gambling. When I went to the website it was in Cech (I think). At least it keep life interesting. I don't dislike the spanners nearly as much as I do the "trolls". Those guy are just evil!

    Be well.

    b

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    1. I'm not sure I know what a troll is. Can you tell me without shocking me?

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  13. I get some of the same type of comments on my blog, even though I use a plugin to catch the worst of it. I did my blog as a self-hosted wordpress blog and there are many plugins you can get to protect you from spammy comments for the most part.

    They do get amusing!

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    1. Blogger gives you a few choices to keep the junk off, but all take some effort. Since I passed 1,000 views a day the problem has gotten worse.

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  14. You are psychic! I don't have your number of hits or your number of spam comments, but I'm getting enough for it to be annoying. I have been thinking about exactly this issue lately. In fact I went to Blogger settings today to see what I could do. If you don't allow anonymous comments, do you think that will solve it? I allow anonymous comments to make sure everyone gets a chance, but it has been a very long time since I got a legitimate comment from an anonymous person. What do you think?

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    1. Not allowing anonymous comments would certainly cut down on the wasted time deleting this garbage. But, I worry about a reader who wants to leave a legitimate comment who either doesn't want to use his or her name, or doesn't realize the URL portion of the "Reply as" can be left blank.

      Unless the number of spam comments reaches a much higher level, I will allow anonymous comments. But, at some point, I will make the change you note and simply ban all comments that don't come with a name, real or made-up.

      Of course, then the smart spammers will simply pick a name, like Pete or Doris and the problem resurfaces. It reminds me of wack-a-mole!

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