Choose Your Own Spam

Despite the fact that this is hardly a high traffic site (and probably doesn’t rise to the level of low traffic), I still get my share of comment spam. While almost all of it is caught by Akismet, the wonderful WordPress anti-spam plugin, a few pieces a week arrive in my mailbox for moderation.Trackback spam

With very few exceptions, the messages are very transparent attempts at flattering an administrator into clicking the Approve link and look very similar. Almost as if the comment was created from a template.

Today one spammer didn’t even bother with rudimentary edits and sent the templates for me to choose my own crap.

{I have|I’ve} been {surfing|browsing} online more than {three|3|2|4} hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. {It’s|It is} pretty worth enough for me. {In my opinion|Personally|In my view}, if all {webmasters|site owners|website owners|web owners} and bloggers made good content as you did, the {internet|net|web} will be {much more|a lot more} useful than ever before.| I {couldn’t|could not} {resist|refrain from} commenting.

I feel much better about my writing now.

They included about thirty other examples. If you’re interesting in going into the comment spam business, let me know. I’d be glad to forward the whole DIY package.

Crap Detectors

There are many, MANY pages that could disappear from the web tomorrow without lowering the overall usefulness of the network.

And then there are those absolutely essential, can’t-continue-without resources: like Snopes.com, which is profiled in this morning’s Post and, surprisingly, turns out to be a two-person operation.

Snopes receives 6.3 million site visits a month, according to media measurement company Quantcast, and about 600 e-mailed research requests a day from desperate voters who don’t know What. To. Believe.

“Usually it’s around 400,” says Barbara, 49. “But, election season.” She sighs.

“A lot of people don’t realize,” David, 48, says wearily, “that our site is just two people.”

Working out of their living room.

I only wish more people would check the site before forwarding spam emails for me to verify. :-)