So, I have nothing to talk about today because the book report I was going to write today has the forbidden letter right there in the freakin’ title (despite that it’s one of the least-used letters in the English language!) so I thought I’d talk about a weird trend I’ve been seeing in spam comments in the last, I dunno, six months or so?
Formerly, all spam generally fell into two categories: spam that was pretending to be random comments and spam that was directly trying to sell me on their advertising services for the products they for some reason think I’m selling. (Seriously, if they’re trying to target businesses, why are they sending their spambots to blogs? Most blogs are not advertising products for sale.) Well, that and the more direct lists of links, but the spam filter trashes those right away without bothering to send them to the spam folder, so they don’t really count.
Now, I have never really understood the point of the random comment ones. They don’t contain links, and even the e-mails, fake user IDs, and URLs don’t always contain any indication of trying to move a product or get people to go to some site where they’ll pick up a virus, or whatever it is that the people behind spambots usually want. But usually one of those three factors would have something obvious, like they’d put the name of a product as their user name, or the URL would be to a store page. (There have always been make-me-laugh things about those random comment ones, of course. Like the ones talking about “great paragraph” or “so much informative” on a post on my dolly blog that consists exclusively of a photograph and zero words. Or the one today that was talking about “I passed this on to a colleague who is doing some research on this” on not a post (despite that it started with “nice post”) but a page which listed some of the dolls I would someday love to add to my collection.)
This new trend, though, it’s really weird.