OK, the spam here on LJ is really starting to get to me. I guess, in the grand scheme of things, I don't get that much. But I get enough. LJ does a pretty good job of ID'ing it and putting it in a suspicious folder, but what I don't understand is, why are these comments allowed to show up, if they're marked as "probably definitely spam" from the getgo?
I have my journal set up so that anons can comment (mostly b/c I post fic here), but it has to be screened by me before it's visible. So for awhile, my problem was anon spam, which I would have screened even if LJ didn't. It was mostly links to places to get a bigger penis, or it was in Russian, but also with a link. Then I think LJ started making anon commenters use a Captcha thingy, so then the fake accounts started. Still Russian or English writing, still with a link, still marked as "probably spam".
Ok, as obnoxious as it is, I get it. You have a product that you want to push, you've heard about this thing called viral marketing, you're trying it out, whatever. I'm going to ignore you, but I'm sure for every thousand people that do as I do, you probably get a dozen or so hits on your site, and that makes it worth it.
What I don't get is this: the spam I've been getting lately is total nonsense. Check it out:
Whatever the original message was, it was obviously popped into a translator, and not a very good one. But still. I think it's essentially saying, "You are so right, you hit a lot of good points that people don't always think about. People should take cues from you. I'll be back to see what other awesome things you have to say."
Nice sentiment, right? Great ego stroke, someone thinks I'm right about everything! Except this was left on one of my fics, so in context, it makes no sense. Spam. But WTF is the point of this piece of Spam? No links, no ads, no fucking point to this at all. I don't understand. For some reason this one pisses me off so much more than any ad for a sex drug or flea medication, or Russian writing that I can't understand. WHAT is the POINT of this kind of thing, spammers? What could you possibly be getting out of this?
As much as I'm curious, it actually scares me, a lot. I'm a really smart person. But there are people out there that are a hell of a lot smarter than me, especially when it comes to technology. What if it's some kind of new hacking technique? There must be a purpose. And I'll probably never know.
Welp, I've sufficiently freaked myself out for the day.