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Misspelt comment entry. Spam?

Posted 05 May 2011 - 11:05 PM

I have recently received massive amounts of comments on one of my page that are misspelt and completely pointless, let me give you some examples:

"Posts like this brighten up my day. Thanks for tanikg the time."
"That's way more clever than I was expctineg. Thanks!"
"Now we know who the sbensile one is here. Great post!"
"This has made my day. I wish all posigtns were this good."
etc etc etc

The comments are not normal comments and they all have at least, and in most cases exactly, one word misspelt.

My question is this:
Is this a new kind of spam? What's the point?

I have to sort this crap out since my filter can't consider it spam (I would be a bit of a fascist if I started considering spelling errors and bad grammer spam).

This post has been edited by maffelu: 05 May 2011 - 11:06 PM


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Re: Misspelt comment entry. Spam?

Posted 06 May 2011 - 02:06 AM

Maybe these selectively illiterate people just like your posts.
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Re: Misspelt comment entry. Spam?

Posted 06 May 2011 - 02:17 AM

I don't think so, they are all equally short and empty of meaning. And they all have that one spelling error in them. And they all come at the same time...
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Re: Misspelt comment entry. Spam?

Posted 06 May 2011 - 02:22 AM

If they don't contain any links, then you can at least humor yourself and say that your posts are getting popular :D


This has made my day. I wish all posigtns were this good.
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Re: Misspelt comment entry. Spam?

Posted 06 May 2011 - 02:56 AM

Maybe soemone treid to plul a prnak on you. :D
The purpose of spam is to advertise, this could be either to amuse you or annoy you.
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Re: Misspelt comment entry. Spam?

Posted 06 May 2011 - 06:53 AM

I assume that's some kind of spam, but it's hardly new. I've had similar pointless comments showing up on my site for years. Sometimes they contain poor spelling and grammar, sometimes they're perfectly fine but totally unrelated to anything on the page.

I've never been entirely sure what the purpose of those comments was. In some cases, the comment body has no links, but is accompanied by an e-mail address at a spam domain. Other times, there's no reference to any website at all (though they often come from the same IP range - often China or eastern Europe). The first case I imagine may be a very subtle form of advertising, though I can't imagine it being very effective. The second is less clear. Perhaps an attempt to confuse comment spam filters? Or a failed attempt at referer spam? Who knows? But either way, they're junk comments, so I just delete them.

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Re: Misspelt comment entry. Spam?

Posted 06 May 2011 - 07:30 AM

I have some theories on this type of spam. 1) it could be someone testing their bots, without links first, so they can see if it's working. 2) it could be someone trying to generate a history for a bot account, so when they do start spamming, it's not as obvious.
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Re: Misspelt comment entry. Spam?

Posted 06 May 2011 - 10:35 AM

View Postmaffelu, on 06 May 2011 - 05:17 AM, said:

I don't think so, they are all equally short and empty of meaning. And they all have that one spelling error in them. And they all come at the same time...


You hatin on the way I poast?
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Re: Misspelt comment entry. Spam?

Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:17 PM

It could be a way of testing the system, because I have received random spam afterwards. But I still don't get the spelling errors. Is there seriously spam filters out there that check for bad spelling and grammar?

It seems to be a botty behavious since they are all very similar in nature...
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Re: Misspelt comment entry. Spam?

Posted 11 May 2011 - 12:21 AM

View Postmaffelu, on 11 May 2011 - 07:17 AM, said:

It could be a way of testing the system, because I have received random spam afterwards. But I still don't get the spelling errors. Is there seriously spam filters out there that check for bad spelling and grammar?

It seems to be a botty behavious since they are all very similar in nature...

Maybe a way to identify them?
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