A little light relief

Recently I've been collecting examples of comment spam. Essentially, this is for a research project that is somewhere fairly low on my to-do list. However, it does have a more positive aspect: whenever I feel at a loss for words and losing faith in my own wordsmithing ability, I scroll down to see what nice things they say about my blogs. Well, anyone's blogs, to be honest, but being a needy sort of person, I can manage the occasional bout of self-deception.

So here's a really rich example: rich in that it seems to have inadvertently aggregated several variants of standard spams into a single mail. Someone not quite got the hang of the kit yet, perhaps?

{This is a smart blog. I mean it. You have so much knowledge about this issue, and so much passion. You also know how to make people rally behind it, obviously from the responses. Youve got a design here thats not too flashy, but makes a statement as big as what youre saying. Great job, indeed|Hello webmaster. I found your website via Yahoo! when I was searching for SEO and this post regarding effective internet marketing sounds very interesting for me|What youre saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I also love the images you put in here. They fit so well with what youre trying to say|This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the good work. |Simply, admirable what you have done here. It i!

s pleasing to look you express from the heart and your clarity on this significant content can be easily looked. Remarkable post and will look forward to your future update. |Aw, this was a really great post. In theory I'd like to write like this also – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done. cheers

As the News of the World, another class act, used to boast, "all human life is there…" (Actually a quote from Henry James, who probably wouldn't have appreciated its use in that context.)

The reference for SEO (which wasn't the topic of the blog the above comment latched onto) is interesting in that the following comment was clearly intended to publicize a blog that deals with the topic:

Helpful information. Fortunate me I discovered your site by chance, and I am shocked why this twist of fate did not took place in advance! I bookmarked it.

I suppose we do consider SEO (Search Engine Optimization) here from time to time, but largely in the context of Black Hat SEO – the misuse of search engines to steer unsuspecting victims to malicious URLs such as those hosting fake AV. Is that what our friendly and adulatory comment spammers are interested in? I'd love to know, but it's hard to say.

Now I'm going to lie down for a bit to wrestle with the concept of a twist of fate that takes place in advance of itself.

ESET Senior Research Fellow


Author David Harley, ESET

  • Rob Slade

    You have so much knowledge about this issue I couldn't have said it better, so I won't.  Obviously, you have endgendered a great discussion here, especially since I'm the first comment.  I'd write more, except that I haven't been keeping the comment spam from my own blog.
    And, being a reformed physicist, I have no trouble with seeing the fourth dimension so twisted that fate happens before it happens.  (Actually, I wrote this comment before you wrote your post, thus causing you to write your post, thus causing all the comment spam to have happened.  I'm truly sorry about that.)

    • David Harley

      Rob, I sometimes wonder whether to envy your gift for parody or recommend therapy. :)

  • Abraham Jenkins

    Nice to be visiting your blog again, it has been months for me. Well this article that i've been waited for so long. I need this article to complete my assignment in the college, and it has same topic with your article. Thanks, great share.

    • David Harley

      You’re writing an assignment on comment spam? Should be a breeze: you have the style down pat. ;-)

  • Samuel Boyd

    Thank you for this blog. Thats all I can say. You most definitely have made this blog into something thats eye opening and important. You clearly know so much about the subject, youve covered so many bases. Great stuff from this part of the internet. Again, thank you for this blog.Thanks.
    Doctor Appointment

    • David Harley

      Amazing. A blog on comment spam attracting unusual quantities of comment spam. I’m not sure if I should regard that as a compliment… Nah, probably not. Sorry Sammy, we’re still moderating and still stripping URLs…

  • Harikrishnan

    Sigh. You caught them red-handed. Amusing isn't it? To think they would have bothered to go through the article at least! :D I know this is irritating and morally incorrect but I guess there is a "gray" area in business. I don't think spammers such as Boyd or Jenkins would want to fill blogs with spam if they had a choice. 
    I wish SEO guys would ask their fellows to put in their personal opinion before typing down the keyword. At least then it serves the purpose of having a blog and creating the backlinks that they are looking for through their URL.

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