Some Comments Regarding Comments

emptyspamThis blog doesn’t get an enormous amount of traffic, but the number of visitors does hold pretty steady, with an occasional spike in activity for certain posts.  The amount of comments any one post gets, however, is usually zero.  Unless, that is, you count the comments that end up in Spam.

Every once in a while I go through the spam folder in my website scanning to make sure a legitimate reader’s thoughts don’t get deleted.  Some, I’ll admit, look so cleverly close to the real thing, I actually end up approving them.  After, of course, editing them to remove the links they include to sell Victoria’s Secret lingerie or SEO experts who promise to increase traffic to my website.

Most comments, though, are so obviously spam I wonder what the commenters were even thinking, trying to get past the junk filters WordPress uses.  Non-English entries, Cyrillic text, English-as-an-apparent-second-language, and nonsense comments abound.  Like this particularly ridiculous one:

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Yeah, like I’m going to approve a comment that makes no sense at all, especially when it’s trying to sell me boots on Ebay.

Then there are those inept computer users who show the man behind the Wizard of Oz curtain, who end up posting what is obviously some auto-script that when done correctly creates many of the mindless, deletable comments.  Here’s is just a short portion of one string I found today.

{I have|I’ve} been {surfing|browsing} online more than {three|3|2|4} hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
{It’s|It is} pretty worth enough for me. {In my opinion|Personally|In my
view}, if all {webmasters|site owners|website owners|web owners} and bloggers made good content as you did, the {internet|net|web} will
be {much more|a lot more} useful than ever before.|
I {couldn’t|could not} {resist|refrain from} commenting.
{Very well|Perfectly|Well|Exceptionally well} written!|
{I will|I’ll} {right away|immediately} {take hold of|grab|clutch|grasp|seize|snatch} your
{rss|rss feed} as I {can not|can’t} {in finding|find|to find} your {email|e-mail} subscription {link|hyperlink} or {newsletter|e-newsletter} service.
Do {you have|you’ve} any? {Please|Kindly} {allow|permit|let} me {realize|recognize|understand|recognise|know} {so that|in order
that} I {may just|may|could} subscribe. Thanks.|
{It is|It’s} {appropriate|perfect|the best} time to make some plans for the future and {it is|it’s} time to be happy.

{I have|I’ve} read this post and if I could I {want to|wish to|desire to}
suggest you {few|some} interesting things or {advice|suggestions|tips}.
{Perhaps|Maybe} you {could|can} write next articles referring to
this article. I {want to|wish to|desire to} read {more|even more} things
about it!|
{It is|It’s} {appropriate|perfect|the best} time to make {a few|some} plans
for {the future|the longer term|the long run} and {it is|it’s} time to be happy.
{I have|I’ve} {read|learn} this {post|submit|publish|put up} and if I {may just|may|could} I
{want to|wish to|desire to} {suggest|recommend|counsel} you {few|some} {interesting|fascinating|attention-grabbing} {things|issues} or {advice|suggestions|tips}.

{Perhaps|Maybe} you {could|can} write {next|subsequent}
articles {relating to|referring to|regarding} this article.
I {want to|wish to|desire to} {read|learn} {more|even more} {things|issues} {approximately|about} it!|
{I have|I’ve} been {surfing|browsing} {online|on-line}
{more than|greater than} {three|3} hours {these days|nowadays|today|lately|as of late},
{yet|but} I {never|by no means} {found|discovered} any {interesting|fascinating|attention-grabbing} article like yours.
{It’s|It is} {lovely|pretty|beautiful} {worth|value|price} {enough|sufficient} for
me. {In my opinion|Personally|In my view}, if all {webmasters|site owners|website owners|web owners} and bloggers made {just right|good|excellent} {content|content material} as {you did|you probably did},
the {internet|net|web} {will be|shall be|might be|will probably be|can be|will
likely be} {much more|a lot more} {useful|helpful} than ever
Ahaa, its {nice|pleasant|good|fastidious} {discussion|conversation|dialogue} {regarding|concerning|about|on the topic
of} this {article|post|piece of writing|paragraph} {here|at this place} at this {blog|weblog|webpage|website|web site}, I have read all
that, so {now|at this time} me also commenting {here|at this place}.|
I am sure this {article|post|piece of writing|paragraph} has touched all the internet
{users|people|viewers|visitors}, its really really {nice|pleasant|good|fastidious}
{article|post|piece of writing|paragraph} on building
up new {blog|weblog|webpage|website|web site}.|

Yes, you heard me right, that is only about a third of the comment that I show above.  And there were several of these exact same scripts in the list of 232 comments I emptied from my spam folder today. So now the similarity of structure in many of these comments becomes clearer.  Life is simpler when you can automate it.

Maybe I can build a similar script to make writing blog posts easier.

I am sure this {piece of writing} has touched all the {internet visitors}, its really really {nice}
{paragraph} on building up new {blog}.

What do you think?  Hmm, Maybe not.  I’ll keep working on it. In the meantime, I hope if you really do write a legitimate comment on something that it doesn’t end up in spam folder, because if it does, I’m afraid it might just end up whirling down the drain with the rest of the dirty water when I click the “Empty Spam Folder” button at the top of the list.

Better luck next time h t t p ://

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