Since moving to WordPress almost a year and a half ago, the number of spam comments has gone up markedly. Here, I’m just going to have a little fun with them, to show you the sort of things that get appear in the comments queue on a regular basis. I’ve also included a few others that people have sent me.
We begin with this tantalising morsel from a commenter called “payday loans”:
“psknhgldzm qdcokmgb eicgshw ntljtdegg”
Now, I’m not a fantastic linguist, but I’m pretty sure that’s not a recognised language. If it’s a cypher, it’s one that’s flummoxed me!
Next up, one from “cougar dating site” which appeared on my analysis of the local elections.
“Hello! I just wish to offer you a huge thumbs up for the excellent info you have right here on this post. I’ll be returning to your blog for more soon.”
I’m so glad you liked it, though I wonder why statistics on local politics would prompt a dating site for young men and older women. Just for your info, I tend to draw the line at women who are 3-4 years older than me.
This one from “coach” on the same post as the previous one.
“Wow, this article is good, my sister is analyzing these kinds of things, so I am going to inform her.”
That’s very nice of you, but I worry for your sister.
A comment from ‘Nike NFL Jerseys’ is unlikely to be genuine. But this is what they had to say:
“I’m extremely inspired along with your writing abilities and also with the structure for your weblog. Is that this a paid topic or did you modify it your self? Either way stay up the nice high quality writing, it’s rare to peer a nice weblog like this one nowadays.”
While I do make an effort to write material that is interesting, informative and clear, I hope my English is a little better than that employed in your comment. Just for the record, however, I do not receive payment for any of my blog posts.
Ready for another one? Here you go!
“Quality articles or reviews is the main to invite the users to pay a visit the web site, that’s what this web page is providing.”
That is barely English! Besides, I don’t advocate charging people to visit websites.
And another one:
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Excuse me? When have I previously written about Yamaha jet boats? That’s really not my thing.
Had enough yet? If not, carry on reading:
“I enjoy what you guys are up too. Such clever work and reporting! Keep up the excellent works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to blogroll.”
Guys? You mean there’s more than one of me???
Good Psychic Reading had this to say:
“I wish I could post like you. Your submit An analysis of the local elections – West Sussex & Crawley | The Alethiophile has pushed me to get off my butt and get some word out to the world. You have boosted my confidence just by writing so well.”
Aim low and it’s hard to be disappointed.
A gloriously ironic comment from “heart problems”:
“Hi, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam remarks? If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can recommend? I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any support is very much appreciated.”
Yes, I do get a lot of spam comments. Like yours, for example.
This one was sent to me from someone else’s blog:
“What i do not realize is actually how you’re not really much more well-liked than you might be right now. You are so intelligent. You realize therefore considerably relating to this subject, produced me personally consider it from numerous varied angles. Its like men and women aren’t fascinated unless it’s one thing to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs great. Always maintain it up!”
Any comment which brings a smile, however wry, must be a worthwhile contribution to any comments section, I’m sure you’ll agree.
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Your erudition leaves me copiously flabbergasted.
Final one from Psychic Medium:
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You’re psychic, right? I think you know what I think about this.