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Since the beginning of December, I've noticed a definite increase in the number of spam comments I get here. Not so many as to cause a problem, but where I used to get 3 or 4 in any given month, I now seem to get 4 or 5 a week - I had 3 of them just this morning.

They range from links to websites offering cheap jewelry/shoes etc. to foriegn language comments (most of which I can't read) which have no links, to nonsense comments which make no sense whatsoever.

Anyone else noticed an uptick in the amount of spam comments they've been getting?

 




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madshutterbug
Jan. 9th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
I'm saying yes, even though my count is lower than yours. Also with one this morning, as a comment to a post made last November.
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
It's weird how most of the spam gets added to posts from months back. Spammers clearly don't know much about blog-reading habits.
(no subject) - mtlawson - Jan. 9th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
darkspires
Jan. 9th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
I had a few and reported them for spam.
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
I do if I know for sure it's spam. If it's spam from an LJ account, I ban the user too. A lot of the foreign language ones I can't understand, so I just delete them.
rayechu
Jan. 9th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever gotten a spam comment, but I've noticed some spam (including a russian porn ad!) popping up in my communities.
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
It's the random-word-generated ones I don't understand. What's the point of those?
serge_lj
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
I started getting 3 or 4 a month a couple of months agop. No increase yet. No matter what language they're in, I banish them.

"Begone!"
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
"Get thee behind me, spam!" :)
mtlawson
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yep. I presume that the spammers have found methods of defeating the login and account creation processes. I suppose it's only a matter of time before they flood other sites as well.
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
I wonder if anyone actually buys something or visits a site as a result of spam. I know I don't, as a matter of principal.
(no subject) - rowyn - Jan. 9th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jongibbs - Jan. 9th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - mtlawson - Jan. 9th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
darkspires
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
Jon, I am on facebook and Twitter but this is my account for friends and only my friends know who I am here. If someone friends me out of the blue I go look them up and only friend them back if there is a connection.

Foreign language messages get reported as spam as I haven't indicated on my profile that I can speak any. Sales of stuff also get reported. Now I have a paid account I will be making things a tad tighter.
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
'Only my friends know I am here'

Sad to say, but they really don't. Spammers have all manner of ways of finding folks. As for friending, I'm the same as you. I always check that folks are real before friending them back.
(no subject) - madshutterbug - Jan. 10th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jongibbs - Jan. 10th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC) - Expand
blood_of_winter
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Yes. I never used to get spam but Im getting about 3 a week mostly in languages I dont know.
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
I suppose we'll have to put up with it, but it's a little annoying.
nathreee
Jan. 9th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Yes, usually only one spam per two months or so. And in the past two days it was suddenly five. Still not a real problem, but a definite increase
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Hopefully, it'll go back down again soon.
peadarog
Jan. 9th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
There are always lots. I just leave them screened and ignore them.
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Best thing for them, I'd say :)
hildebabble
Jan. 9th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've been seeing an increase recently. And I've been seeing some seriously NSFW hijack ads in communities I follow, too.
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
I haven't noticed a problem on communities yet, though I've long since disabled them on the blog at FindAWritingGroup.com
j_cheney
Jan. 9th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Yes.
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
At least all this talk of spam has reminded me of that Monty Python song, so it's not all bad :)
(no subject) - j_cheney - Jan. 9th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - snapes_angel - Jan. 9th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
celestialgldfsh
Jan. 9th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
I've seen an increase as well. Most of mine are in odd English, though one was in Russian. Several communities I follow have been hit by spam that includes nudity or outright pornography.
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
I get a lot of weird comments in Russian, English or (what looks like) Chinese which a: have no link, so I don't know why they bothered, and b: make no sense (though part of the problem with the Russian and Chinese ones making no sense is I can't speak either language ;)
(no subject) - celestialgldfsh - Jan. 9th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
coneycat
Jan. 9th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
I started getting spam about six months ago, generally when I post about any current event or pop culture stuff. It's generally anonymous bots so I screen for anon comments, sometimes five or six comments on a single entry. I have gotten a few lj-bot comments and have banned the usernames. So far it's not out of hand but it's annoying.
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
Same here. It's usually when the post is about TV shows or the like.
incandragon
Jan. 9th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
Small uptic. From maybe 1 a year to maybe 1 a quarter.
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
1 a quarter's not too bad :)
tracy_d74
Jan. 9th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
Maybe one a month.
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