A side of spam.

I occasionally go through my Akismet spam filter in order to catch the real comments it thinks are spam. (It does seem to have finally learned that CosmicAvatar is a real person.) Mostly it’s easy to ID the spam as such, as it is chock-full of links and/or all written in bold. There is a recent trend (that I’ve mentioned before) of comments that appear to be complementary and often are targeted at the post content.

This one is pretty easy to identify:

JohnPearson | johnpearsons58@yahoo.com | johnpearsons.com | IP:

Nice Post.

That was well said. Always appreciate your indepth views. Keep up the great work!


It was iffy at first, but he took a fatal step in complementing my “indepth views,” as I don’t have any. Next!

This one is obviously spam because it makes very little sense, but it did give me pause.

Marina | marina@gmail.com | jyyj.com/2007/01/28/optimizing-your-depression-medicines-celexa | IP:

Every creature needs to rest. Giraffes, little babies, elephants, dogs, cats, kids, koala bears, grandparents, moms, dads, and hippos in the jungle – they all sleep! Just like eating, sleep is necessary for survival. WBR LeoP

First of all, I’ve known more than one person named Marina. Second, I talk about sleep all the freakin’ time. Third, giraffes! Elephants! Babies! Koalas!

This last one was just plain mean.

Florian | asdfk@web.de | bhotels.info | IP:

I found your blog via google by accident and have to admit that youve a really interesting blog :-)
Just saved your feed in my reader, have a nice day :)

People get here via Google all the time! None of them ever tell me I’m interesting. Jerks.

6 thoughts on “A side of spam.

  1. jenn

    January 30, 2007 at 11:50am

    OHMYGOD, florian sent me the exact same comment and now I feel so CHEAP AND USED!

    I almost gave in due to her use of smiley faces. And because I really do believe that I have a really interesting blog that someone could find via google. Searching for *what*, I don’t know.

  2. Laurie Ann

    January 30, 2007 at 2:24pm

    I was invited to join Chevy Bloggers based on my many blog posts about Chevy cars. Um, when have I mentioned Chevys? Volkswagen, yes! Chevy? Maybe, once, or not.

    Damn Spam!

  3. nova

    January 30, 2007 at 4:50pm

    Marina also commented that exact same thing to me about giraffes, babies, etc.! Wow, this spam gets AROUND.

  4. allison

    January 30, 2007 at 5:19pm

    Yr blog rocks! Hope you come vist mine. :-)

  5. Sarah

    January 30, 2007 at 9:04pm


  6. CosmicAvatar

    February 5, 2007 at 1:59pm

    I don’t even open my spam so if Florian’s emailed me to tell me what a good blog I have, I will NEVER KNOW. I’m so pissed off at whichever site gave up my email address to the spammers as I never used to get this crap.

    p.s. Not real. **hisssss**

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