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20th September, 2008
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LJ Spammers, or Just Teh Dumb?
I screen anonymous comments on this journal, just ... because, although I don't track IP addresses. This is a practice I adopted when this was a transition journal, so that people who were in the closet could comment without revealing themselves, and never bothered changing.

Mostly the anonymous comments I get are real ones from people who just don't have LJ accounts. However, recently this post has been attracting a few more ... unusual ones:



What I suspect is going on here is that some sort of automated spam software is looking for places it can put adverts, and these are posts to "test the water", to see if they show up before trying to add the real thing, where search engines will ultimately find it. I figure they're going for that post in particular because it has nice words like "pseudoephedrine" as bait.

I wonder if viagra they'll start penis enlargement doing the same for hair loss this post MILF porn?

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From:bugshaw
Date:20th September, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
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Oh yes, spam for bald motherfuckers.

BTW, that png is chuffing enormous.
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From:auntysarah
Date:20th September, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
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Let's see about making it a GIF...

Saves 100K. Does that help?
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From:bugshaw
Date:20th September, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
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It's still a 30 second download, but it's cached now. It was just a bit of a shock, like finding myself back in the golden days of dialup, watching a picture reveal inch by inch :-)
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From:auntysarah
Date:20th September, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
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Ah! That's likely because I'm seeding. Sorry about that.

It's actually less than 200K - I'm just a bit limited on upstream bandwidth at the mo.
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From:knirirr
Date:20th September, 2008 09:35 am (UTC)
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Spammers are up to cunning tricks on the CPDN boards. One of them is to leave posts that might seem harmless; a "me too" or some pasted text from Wikipedia relating to the subject of the post.
Then, when our guard is down, they can insert a viagra-advertising signature into their profile and have it pop up on all their prior posts.
I think that this is done by people rather than bots, but I can't be sure.
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From:auntysarah
Date:20th September, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
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I moderate transgender. Most of the posts are f-locked, but recently on the ones that aren't, I've had spammers posting from real LJ accounts with click through links in smileys to porn sites.
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From:knirirr
Date:20th September, 2008 09:40 am (UTC)
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We've been worried about smilies as well, for similar reasons.
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From:lisaquestions
Date:20th September, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
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Ah, brilliant, spam in the midst of our conversation about transsexual chestbursters and psychiatric abuse of trans women.

I'll cherish that thread always. (sniff)
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From:auntysarah
Date:20th September, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
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*giggle*
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From:techiebabe
Date:20th September, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
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I get similar but from users with improbable names (like dasjdsjasdjdsa) and I just delete each one. Annoying but there we are. They are usually on old posts (a year old, for example) so I can just turn comments off on those particular ones.
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From:auntysarah
Date:20th September, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
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Spotted any pattern to the posts which attract them?
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From:techiebabe
Date:20th September, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Mostly at this one: http://techiebabe.livejournal.com/615099.html - which was linked from Ouch but I don't know if that made it easier to find in Google. Some are anonymous as well be they Canadian Pharma or "I'm new here, just wanted to say hello and introduce myself."
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From:auntysarah
Date:20th September, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, it has a medical theme too.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:22nd September, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
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Hi there, I have been reading your blog since you were nominated for Post of the Week at the beginning of the year. I'm a real person, honest, but always feel shy about commenting because I don't have a LiveJournal and wonder if commments would be screened as spam. So, hello from Scotland and a long-time lurker!
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From:auntysarah
Date:22nd September, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
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Hi, lovely to hear from you! There's a big difference between comments like this one, which are obviously from real people, and the sort in the screencap, I think. The spammer ones are totally generic and lack any context relating to where they're actually posted.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:22nd September, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Phew, made it through! I actually didn't mean to be anonymous - I am used to Blogger which automatically identifies me. I'm Cat, and I hang out at www.thecatgirlspeaks.blogspot.com. Stop by some time - there's a whole community on that side of the fence too! (Again, not spam, and a genuine invitation.)
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