This may be familiar to most of you, but it was a revelation to me. So I thought I’d share it just in case.
Malcolm and I were chatting this morning, and the subject of comment spam came up. Both of us had noticed that of late, there had been a profusion of comments that made perfect grammatical sense, had no links, avoided mentioning sex, drugs, rock’n’roll ringtones or organic growth, and seemed to be an extract from something somewhere. The names and reference points of the “sender” were well-formed as well. In fact there was only one problem with all such comments; even the most extreme flight of fancy was inadequate in making a connection between the post and the comment.
You’ve probably had the same experience. Malc’s view of what was happening was interesting; the spammers are trying to get approval for the innocuous comments in order to “teach” the spam filters that they are Orl Korrect. And once that status has been consistently established, the games begin.
Makes sense to me.