Strange comment

I just deleted a comment on my last post that looked inoccuous enough, and certainly wasn’t indicated as spam, but it was a lttle bit odd. The chap basically commented that he liked my blog, and that he was thinking of dropping one of his wordpress blogs in favour of one like mine.

As this  is a WordPress blog, there was not a lot of advice about my blogs I could give. If you are that person, my apologies, but you must see my point, yes?

Is this  a new spam technique? Make an innocuous play to a bloggers vanity, which is approved and replied to, which means that subsequent posts are approved automatically.

I am getting a bit too cynical me thinks.

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Dave Glover is a director of Signs of Success Ltd. married to Lynn (the other director of SOS) with 3 grown up kids. We live in Whitby, in New Zealand. After 30+ years in IT as everything from Trainee Programmer to Project Manager, Dave now runs a Computer Maintenance and Sign Making shop near his home.

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4 comments on “Strange comment
  1. Vic says:

    Glad to be of service 🙂

  2. Dave says:

    Since I added the anti spam thingy above, and subsequently removed it, I have not had a single post on my site until yours, I was worried I had broke it!

  3. Vic says:

    p.s. this is a very good website for sorting the spammers out – not always accurate but if there is an entry for their ip, username or email it is a good bet they are spam…

    http://www.stopforumspam.com/search.php

    Just deleting a spammer now who is replying to posts (of artwork) with ‘good job, thanks’ and said suspicious link…

  4. Vic says:

    As a moderator on a forum, I see and delete a lot of spam posts… This sounds like a fairly typical spam post.

    They tend to be very vague, non-offensive comments that could be relevant anywhere. This particular one sounds like it is targeting word-press.

    Spam is getting very very clever.

    Occasionally, the spam-bot will even take the most common words off a forum/blog and put them together in almost coherent sentences. On a forum, the aim is usually to display the signature of the spam-bot which is a link (often malicious). On wordpress, I am assuming the aim, as you said, is to get subsequent posts (and very probabaly links) approved.

    To anyone reading this, if you see any vague posts with irrelevant links in the signature or even in the post… DO NOT CLICK THE LINK! Often it is very malicious and will freeze your browser and usually worse. At the least, you may end up at an undesirable site.

    From experience, it is usually best to delete these posts if there is any doubt. If any one has a problem with it, they will let you know and are usually very understanding. No-contact can be taken as an admission of guilt. (I accidently banned a user with the user-name ‘Spam’ once… I entered the reason for banning in the user-name text box… all the mods and poor old Spam all had a giggle at it at my expense!)

    Whoops my comment is longer than your original post… sorry!

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