Spammers 1 Me 0
If you are subscribed to the comments feed I apologise for the recent influx of spam. I upgraded to the latest Typo last night and something has obviously gone wrong. Could be due to PEBKAC, admittedly. I’ll try to keep control of it manually until I find out what’s going on. Thanks to Aristotle for the heads up.
In related news, spam continues to get more sophisticated, or at least desperate. I’ve just seen some comments from “Nik” which are on topic. Not exactly Noel Coward, but at least relevant to the post. Check it:
On Must. See. Movies., Nik writes: “long lis, but we’ll try :)”.
Regarding Creative, Uncommon, Nik says: “I’ll listen that, thanks”.
Nik agrees “Nice phone! :)” on the subject of the Nokia N70.
He even responds to a comment of mine confirming that “alastair, yep, preview is working now”.
But in all of these he gives a URL for an AOL-hosted site for (presumably) buying pharmaceuticals. In one instance he even gives his name as “Buy (whatever)”. Definitely a spammer.
So my theory is that this is either a very sophisticated spammer with some kind of algorithm to generate a relevant comment based on keyword matching on the article, or the spammers have resorted to manual entry. Given the subtle variations in capitalisation of his name (eg “NIk” versus “Nik”), I’m leaning towards the latter.
Manual entry of spam! They must be desperate. Does this mean that we’re, well, winning?