Forgotten by Spambots

Five days. That’s all the time the mighty internet of spambots needed to forget that I exists. I feel ignored like that drunken guy that wants to be everybody’s best friend. People tend to look to the other way and make their “He’s just drunk you know” face. I’ve seen it in the eyes of The Internet.

The reason? Not a single spam caught in akismet for five days. I’m lost at sea here. Come back internet spambots. Come back! I didn’t mean what I said! Was it something I did? Please. I’m not that drunk.

Strange Spambots

Recently I’ve noticed quite a few spambots submitting random comments on a few sites that I run, and while that’s not surprising, the content kind of is. The comments are simple, text only comments mentioning a product of some sort, together with a few random words or characters. No links. Nothing.

My current guess is that the message may be probes to see if there is a word filter active for the words they attempt to submit, and that when they find that the comment goes through, they submit their long list of links and other interesting stuff. The problem is that the sites filter all comments that contain more than one URL and all occurences of “[url”. This has not let a single linked comment through in two years, but now the volume of these comments are getting ridiculous. Guess I’ll have to add some new magic feature with javascript.