Depressed Comment Spam

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"I just don't have anything to say , but shrug. So it goes. Not much on my mind recently. I can't be bothered with anything recently."

"I feel like an empty room, but eh. Nothing seems worth doing. I haven't gotten much done today."

"I've just been staying at home waiting for something to happen, but I don't care. Basically nothing seems worth thinking about. I can't be bothered with anything recently."

"My life's been pretty dull recently. Shrug. My mind is like a void. I haven't gotten anything done lately. I can't be bothered with anything recently."

These seem like exactly the sorts of comments that you might expect to be left on a weblog as bleak and depressing as mine, and you would be right, up to a point. Each of these otherwise perfectly valid comments on the uselessness of striving for anything is accompanied by a url that offers discount pills or the opportuniy to see Avril Lavaigne, apparently with less clothing than she normally might wear.

What I want to know is whether or not all blogs are getting hit with these things these days, or is it just blogs like mine that chart boring, depressing lives of quite desperation?

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I believe that what you're describing happens to all blogs and wikis. If it's any consolation I think the link-chimps that do this sort of thing are actually reading your blog and manually typing in their non-sequitur comments to link to the wares they're pimping.

From what I've seen on my site, your average link-chimp lacks the technical sophistication to automate commenting with scripts -- it's really kinda sad, but it's actually a blessing because they could really do a lot more damage with scripting and automation.

My blog and my wiki both were getting nailed all the time with that crap. The more clever chimps liked to change the sidebar so their links could be viewed on EVERY SINGLE page of my wiki(a wiki that is world-reknowned for its well-heeled nerd clientele known for copius quantities of disposable c-a-s-h, addiction to online g-a-m-b-l-i-n-g, and, of course, e-r-e-c-t-i-l-e d-y-s-f-u-n-c-t-i-o-n)

I've had to resort to several layers of tricks to get rid of the link-chimps, but now I've gotten the "chatter" down to zero. Here's what I've done:

1) Direct confrontation: I modified the wiki sidebar edit button to display a public service announcement basically saying,"Wake up...you're not gonna get rich this way..."

http://www.williamnewhall.com/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AnnoyingPeopleGoHere

...but that only made them more aggressive.

2) I actually started reading my apache logfiles and noticed that a lot of the comments were coming from IP addresses with common subnets (excluded domains using "Deny from 111.222.333.0/8")
that brought the traffic way down

3) I noticed that the comments had common keywords ("nice design! check this out...") or link to web sites that other previous chimps had linked to, so I added a blocklist which screened for keywords, and that pretty much brought the traffic down to zero.

I've been meaning to try two things:

1) I've thought it would be pretty funny to put a bunch of google ads on a "nice try no dice" web page so I can make money off of the chimps trying to mark up my web site.

2) Most of the pay-per-click places that these guys link to have really strict rules about click-fraud. It would be pretty funny to have the weblog/wiki software continuously blast fake clicks at their links for long enough to look like script-kiddie-click-fraud but not long enough to be seen as a denial-of-service attack.

Ah man, way to make me not feel special. Here I was thinking that I had spawned a whole new sub-species of bummed out comment spam that was highly adapted to my suicidally depressed audience (a sought after demographic, since all of their income is disposable).

I like the idea of using e-judo on the comment spammers and finding someway to use their comment spam agaisnt them...

> Ah man, way to make me not feel special.

Rest easy, Edwin, for in my eyes you are "more unique than a cloned snowflake."

>Here I was thinking that I had spawned a whole new sub-species of bummed out comment spam that was highly adapted to my suicidally depressed audience (a sought after demographic, since all of their income is disposable)

Clearly that makes them an attractive target. I suspect that some of the more cold-hearted bastards in the world of advertising have been targeting late night television ads with this sort of thing in mind.

Does it make me a bad person if I hold out for the hope that your writing might help push the link-monkeys who waste their time (and mine) tagging up my website closer to ending it all?

> I like the idea of using e-judo on the comment spammers and finding someway to use their comment spam against them

I must confess that since I've put in my countermeasures I take a perverse pleasure in reading my apache logs because I frequently see someone trying to post seven or eight times in a row.

I need to modify the wiki/blog software to save rejected posts in a place where only I can enjoy their frustration...

I thought of another countermeasure: once a spam link is detected have the blog fire up a chatterbot applet(http://www.simonlaven.com/complex.htm) that attempts to look like a chat console conversation with a friendly webmaster who gradually shifts the topic of conversation into an Amway sales pitch.

and i will align myself with nothing
and i will enjoin my heart with no-one's
cause i was untried when i was applied
the light of birth

p-o-r-n

burningangel.com

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