Spam revenge: Rise of the manual spammerMikey 29 comments
Since introducing our simple CAPTCHA a few months ago we've had not a single spam-bot get passed it, something we here at Rusty Lime are all thankful for.
But there is one form of spam that has started to appear that no amount of clever coding can prevent - the manual spammer.
Manual spam as the name implies is a comment left on an article that at first seems legitimate, but looking again it becomes apparent it was manually entered by someone trying to pimp their products or services - or have been paid by someone to do it.
A few weeks ago we got our first instance of manual spam. They are usually written in a similar sounding format, something to the effect of...
"Wow I never thought of it like. Great article!"
...or some put in even more effort like the comment I just deleted...
"Wow, it's stuff like this that makes getting up in the morning and checking the blogosphere such a great idea! I was miserable this morning till I read this! Keep bringing colour to our lives!"
The name of the commenter is always obvious keyword spam, with the latter just mentioned by someone called "Andy Badge Badger" with a link to his site where he sells - you guessed it - badges.
Making them stand out, aside from the over-obvious attempt to gain favour with compliments about the article, is how out of context they are.
Ah spam. Crap when generated by bots, just as crap (or more so) when written by humans. When will they learn?