Copyright 2004 by M. Uli Kusterer Fri, 29 Nov -1901 11:06:32 GMT Comments on article blog-everything-in-moderation at blog-everything-in-moderation Comments witness_dot_of_dot_teachtext_at_gmx_dot_net (M. Uli Kusterer) witness_dot_of_dot_teachtext_at_gmx_dot_net (M. Uli Kusterer) en-us Comment 5 by Uli Kusterer Uli Kusterer writes:
I herewith happily announce that the first spam ended up in the moderation queue and got vaporised. One thing that's odd is that they include 'rel="itsok"' in the link attributes... which is kinda odd. 'rel="nofollow"' exists to indicate Google is to ignore a link, but "itsok" is AFAIK pretty pointless... But I guess I should be happy that our spammers currently come from the more shallow end of the gene pool. Let's hope it stays that way. Costs me less time.
Comment 4 by Aaron Ballman Aaron Ballman writes:
I think I agree with you, it does seem like someone's using me as a testbed.

But don't you honestly wonder just how much money there is in the black-teen-shemale market that they feel the need to spam people's blogs? I mean, really, is a midget having sex with a barnyard animal that interesting? I hope to never find out. :-P
Comment 3 by The Other Reader The Other Reader writes:
You know what, I think script-kiddies and idiots download some L33t Sp4m W1zard that walks them through the steps of user-friendly spamming. And most of them still don't get it right...

The internet seriously lacks some kind of survival of the fittest type of selection. Trojan horses violently kicking back, stuff like that. That would so teach them. ;-P

If it was just about some poor Google being fooled into attributing a high relevancy to shtoopid webpages, I'd understand. But the trouble is real people responding to spam and actually buying shit. :-( I know fools never die, but well, the internet basicly encourages anonymous trolling (virtually no negative feedback etc). :-( The internet hasn't reached the level of uselessness yet, but I'm really interested in the users' reaction as soon as >50% of what you get is courtesy of Spam, Scam, Troll & Hoax inc. What's the next step?
Comment 2 by Uli Kusterer Uli Kusterer writes:
Somehow those messages don't read like someone's just doing it because they can. Maybe it's someone testing their new spambot (either with fake values, or with the right values in the wrong fields -- I occasionally get spam e-mails where someone obviously entered the wrong values in some placeholders). Another case would be some wannabe-do-gooder (aka idiot) who thinks he has to educate people about how "insecure" their sites supposedly are. Maybe it's the pattern-matching machine in me, but I can't quite believe that "because I can" is the reason for this.
Comment 1 by Aaron Ballman Aaron Ballman writes:
I think the spammers are just spamming so that they can spam. Seriously. Here's an example of the latest in spam I'm getting on my blog:

"Name: 1434 | IP:
You are invited to visit some helpful info about 392 "

"Name: 419 | IP:
Take your time to check the pages on 1449 "

I think all spammers are idiots.