A spammer responds

I was just clearing out the last of the comment spam – I'd let it stew in the database (unpublished) but thought I'd take a quick peek to see if there were any false positives. I thought I'd found one – a comment marked as spam, but with content portraying sympathy with my plight against these spammers – that they must be stopped.

 

A Spammer Responds (screenshot): This spam roach was trying to get whitelisted by commiserating on the evils of spammers... It didn't work - Akismet sniffed it a mile away.A Spammer Responds (screenshot): This spam roach was trying to get whitelisted by commiserating on the evils of spammers… It didn't work – Akismet sniffed it a mile away.

 

So, without thinking, I clicked "submit ham" – to tell Akismet that it was a bona fide comment. Then, I checked the URL to see which friendly blogger was commenting.

And got a spam site.

The spammer was trying to get through the filters by reading my recent post and trying to get whitelisted by posting something not spamish at first glance. But, Akismet had stopped him in his tracks – until I clumsily intervened. It's now re-flagged as Spam, and banished to that special inner circle of hell reserved for these roaches.

2 thoughts on “A spammer responds”

  1. I see lots of that, what I see as attempts to get whitelisted via innocuos reading comments, or attempts to re-use post comment to  look legitimate. Fortunately, most spambots write things tat are blatantly obvious as spam-itis, but tis only a matter of time until they get more clever.

     I only wish I could figure our why my SK2 seems to think you have never posted an approve comment on my site, whey I approve them every time, and you are my numero uno commenter over time!  I am almost sure it is some pattern matching problem between PHP, escaping quotes, and that apostrophe in your name. I wrote Dr Dave a few clicks back but did not hear anyting (maybe he thought I was a spammer?)

  2. Yeah – that's weird. Not sure why it banishes me to moderationland, but that's not the end of the world.

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