The Curious Habits of Spammers

I’m still rather amused with my spam­mers.  We are amused.  Heh.  Roy­al Wed­ding ref­er­ence.  Any­ways… accord­ing to my com­ments archive, 930 spam com­ments have been “post­ed.”  None of them have seen the light of day, but 930 attempts have occurred.

This would be annoy­ing if I’d noticed any­where near that many, but I have sev­er­al mod­ules loaded into Word­Press that pre­vent most spam (by mark­ing it as such).  Occa­sion­al­ly one gets through as far as my mod­er­a­tion page.  As I’ve said before, the cur­rent pol­i­cy is that the first com­ment from any user is mod­er­at­ed.  I  am pre­sent­ed with a spam every few days to delete.  If the spam­mers were even smart enough to read the arti­cle and then make a rea­son­able com­ment on it, their nefar­i­ous goals might be real­ized.

At least until I saw the com­ment (they even arrive on my phone) and delet­ed it.

But they nev­er get that far.

Note the “more” tag there.  It’s my first use of it.  You need to click on it to fin­ish read­ing this post.

I start­ed writ­ing this post some­what amused by the fact that the most suc­cess­ful spam attempts (I’m putting the ones that come to my atten­tion) have all be post­ed to my CRIA post.  It’s not my most pop­u­lar post by a long shot (that hon­or belongs to my Volde­mort post), but it is con­sis­tent­ly the one that is ref­er­enced the spam I delete.

But, as research to this post, I read through a few pages of spam posts using my admin­is­tra­tive inter­face.  Curi­ous­ly, one par­tic­u­lar fel­low post­ed about 10 com­ments with­out notic­ing that nary a sin­gle one was live on the site.  Just as strange­ly, there was a fair dis­tri­b­u­tion of dif­fer­ent posts that were attract­ing spam com­ments.  The strange part is that I only ever see the spam com­ments for the CRIA post in the mod­er­a­tion page.  What makes them more suc­cess­ful (by my odd def­i­n­i­tion of suc­cess)?

There has been one oth­er com­ment on my site that was legit­i­mate.  It was post­ed to my Aster­isk rant.  Heh.  I sup­pose that’s a bit of a plug.  Well there’s two lit­tle posts tagged for today, so I can get away with that :).

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