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For the first time, yesterday, the number of spam comments posted to my blog outnumbered the number of user comments on a day that I made a post. On a typical day I'm deleting 8 or 9, yesterday I deleted 17.
It's irritating to think that out there exist a whole contingent of people who wake up in the morning with the express purpose of peeing in the pool. Either registering hundreds of LJ accounts and then posting spam from them, or participating in DDoS attacks. Why, people? Don't they have cable TV where you live?
This was my best spam comment on LJ today....
From: LiveJournal Comment <email@example.com>
Subject: Worm Medication For Geese
Date: August 2, 2011 1:04:27 PM EDT
i think it's rather few people -- they use viruses to get other machines to do the ddos attacks and spamming.
Seriously. Though I would argue Youtube videos of people learning to play Minecraft are sometimes more hilarious than anything from TV. (There's always a lot of shouting the first time someone encounters a big scary spider or a creeper blows up on them.)
2011-08-02 05:13 pm (UTC)
I think DDoS attacks are mostly done through nets of subverted computers, rather than by actual people on those computers.
But there are more and more people whose job it is to go out and fake comments on sites. I spent part of last weekend implementing features for my photo gallery site, to avoid having to go in and delete those comments with a text editor.
I simply disabled comments on my Gallery 1.5 (1.6?) site, rather than manually delete thousands of spam comments, or upgrade to 2.x.
My public Picasa galleries get almost no spam comments--only a few comments total, and almost all positive.
I have seen plenty of spam comments in LJ comms lately that require a real account and a CAPTCHA to post---but what really stump me are the spam comments with no link, embed, or other reason to even exist as a spam comment.
2011-08-02 06:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, the ones that actually get through on my site have no spam content; they consist of a garbage character string for the name, and then some lame, ungrammatical, comment that looks like generic approval of something on a help site. Which makes no sense at all on my small personal photo site. (I also get a lot of failures from spammers who leave the name blank; and blocking all URLs generates a lot more failures.) My tentative theory is that the spam-free comments are intended to make the profile of the fake user look less spammy.
That's a brilliant hypothesis. If an account has a tally of plenty of posts and comments, it's less likely to be deleted out of hand as a spam bot.
Huh. That >does< make sense. My LJ has been ungoogleable for a couple years now, and yet I still get the occasional spam comment, almost always on an old post. Weird.
Geese need meds too!
Sorry the noise to signal ratio is so skewed right now.
Hey, sorry that you are getting so much spam. I read always but don't always think I need to comment. Glad that you wrapped up the Warpaint book and always glad that you shared so much and were so moved. I think it shows in the pictures you take.
it's not people,
it's vrackers, evil programmers,
who write programs, aka spam bots,
to open accounts, and post spamhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spambot
we also have the problem on the dresden dolls forumhttp://www.theshadowbox.net/
the mods there are. collectivley, putting in over
almost an hour a day dealing with it
right now, i get about two lj spam per week on my inactive blog here
Aw, *internet hug*
If everybody went through their day trying to be as awesome as they can be, I wouldn't have a job. Which, frankly, wouldn't be a bad thing, it would just make paying my student loans, buying your books, and going to Trillian's plays more difficult.
Don't they have cable TV where you live?
from what i understand about the previous DDoS attack on LJ, what they don't have where they live is...freedom of speech.
See what's happening when a blog is too popular? Lorraine's been attracting massive spam too lately.
Worm medication for geese. That's brilliant.