Opinions and Rants #18: Retrospace Gives the Bird to Spammers

Well, folks, you can thank spammers for having to use that pain-in-ass word verification every time you want to leave a comment. I've been deleting ridiculous comment spam for months, but it's just getting out of hand and taking up a lot of time.  Who the hell are these spammers? I mean, what kind of business model uses spam as a marketing plan? Has it ever actually happened that someone notices spam in the comment section, is desperately curious about where this link might lead and actually clicked on it? EVER? Has this ever actually happened?

And if by chance you accidentally click it, who the hell is going to purchase something from them? Is their clever plot contingent upon ensaring porn addicts who will lay down credit card numbers the minute they lay eyes on their lousy porno website? It all reminds me of when my computer was overtaken by a virus last year.  No matter what I clicked after a Google search, it directed me to various idiotic ads. Gee, that really made me want to try their products. A helpful tip to up-and-coming businesses: forcibly taking customers to an advertiser against their will is not a good marketing strategy.

To all you spamming douche bags, this bird's for you.


  1. I've been having the same trouble. I think it's a Blogger-wide problem these days.

    Will you post about it again if you come up with any good solutions for spamblocking?

  2. It's been happening to me as well. I've been having to delete about 4 comments per day from spammers. The wieirdest one has been an ad in japanese! That one comes daily! Interesting that they would think that my blog would be a great place to post a comment in a language that I don't even speak!

  3. I get one to four spams a day from a piano site! They never get past the spam filter, so I don't know why they keep trying. Have they figured a way to automate around the word-verification? I've tried blocking the IP, but that doesn't seem to work either.

    But I was getting about 25 a day before I put in the word-verification, so I'm not sorry that I have it on.

    But still the question remains, why? Do they really make some money doing this? Maybe they figure the links back to their site will improve google ranking.

  4. I'm not to the point where I feel the need to moderate comments, but that won't be too far off, I'm sure.

    Dartman, I too get a lot in Japanese. Huge paragraphs of unintelligable script.... weird.

    I think, retrohound, you may be onto something with the linkback inflating their pagerank. Boy, they're sneaky little bastards, aren't they?

  5. I've been getting Spam too, Gil! You're not alone, big guy!!

  6. People actually do fall for the Nigerian scams and e-mail scams that ask for your bank number or your e-mail password "to do maintenance." I know two of these people, one over 80 years old, and the other a European for whom English is a second language. It is so cheap to send out the spam and scams that the malefactors need only the tiniest success rate to make a profit.

  7. I think the logic behind the Japanese (or Russian, as I just had) ones are that since you don't know what the hell they're saying, you'll be more likely to click on them just to see what's what.

  8. I feel for you. I hate the word verification procedure too, but otherwise idiots have free reign on your blog comments.