Ominously Depressing Comment Spam

Below are the last four comments posted to Basement.org:

My mind is like a bunch of nothing, but I guess it doesn’t bother me. I haven’t been up to anything recently. I’ve pretty much been doing nothing to speak of.

My life’s been basically bland today. More or less nothing seems worth thinking about. My mind is like an empty room. I’ve more or less been doing nothing to speak of. Not much on my mind recently.

Not much on my mind lately. My life’s been completely boring these days. I’ve just been hanging out not getting anything done. So it goes.

I haven’t been up to anything these days. So it goes. I can’t be bothered with anything these days.

Can anyone out there shed light on why my comment spam filters seem to pity and thus spare comments posted by unmotivated, completely depressed, borderline-suicidal posters? The impact of such gloomy commentary goes beyond just cluttering this blog and reaches to my very soul – bringing me down a notch or two as I scan through them on a daily basis.

What we need is a Cry For Help Movable Type plug-in that somehow detects joyless, melancholic tone and promptly deletes it.

7 Comments Ominously Depressing Comment Spam

  1. Raymond Camden

    Odd. I’ve been getting some weird spam comments as well, mainly stuff like:
    Why doesn’t anyone write me?
    or
    WHy doesn’t anyone respond to me?
    Not as long or detailed as your examples. And what is even odder is that they don’t bother to use the URL field for my comment to link to their spam site. It is almost as if they are just testing my system for potential weak spots.

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  2. John Dowdell

    Wow, there’s a lot out there when searching on a phrase of that copy:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=%22My+life%27s+been+basically+bland+today.%22
    I traced back the URLs in a few, to servetown.com servers, but I didn’t dig through enough to really see the pattern. (Assuming there were URLs on yours, where did they go?) It looks like that copy has been in use for awhile, though… I’d get depressed if I were a spammer too. ;-)
    I’ve been getting some clever text from teachers4london.com (link goes to Google record, not to spammer). I can’t tell if it’s someone writing in response to my item’s topic or if it’s generated. It looks like teachers4london was at one point a legit site, but may have been deregistered and then picked up by a spammer who kept the first few screenfuls of historic copy.
    I wonder whether they make more from the Phenteremine or the AdSense…?

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  3. Rachel

    Interesting. I wonder if someone’s done an analysis of how spam content evolves. I wonder if the proliferation of emo is somehow responsible for the content (that damned myspace/live journal outlet). ;) Do spammers think they can get past the filters by making it mimic actual human language patterns, or do they just mimic the zeitgeits as it were?
    *sorry, thinking outloud here*

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  4. Zeh

    Spam content aside, moving from MovableType to WordPress and using the image verification plugins (you know, those that ask you to type the code that’s in the image) can get your comment spam rate down to zero pretty easily. I was using MT for a while and although my spam filters did block hundreds of spammed comments, I’d still have to delete a few dozen of them once in a while and add new rules to the filter. With WP I think I’ve had like 1 comment spam in the last ~10 months — and on this case, I think it was something posted manually by someone (instead of a robot).

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