I love a nice trend in my WordPress comment spam. The Akismet plug-in does a good job of keeping the spam off the site, but I get a couple dozen messages in the holding queue, behind the scenes, each week.
Sometimes the trend is in language, like Russian. Sometimes an Asian spam house will manually enter promotions for sketchy Internet-only plumbing or car parts. But sometimes the trend is unexpected. Today, as I catch up after a few days away, I'm happy to see what's arrived.
Encouragement! Good cheer! None of the spams promotes a company in the username, email address, site, or comment. Instead, I'm seeing common names, random email addresses, no promoted websites, and comments consisting only of attaboys. Which is nice. I'm guessing the occasional misspellings and odd phrasings are cues for serious spam engines, to see where they might get their content onto sites easily.
If that's true, publishing their text in a post might be a poor decision. But on the mend today, I like the happiness. They hit the spot. Below are the 11 spams I received this week, counting down to my favorite.
11. "Thanks alot – your answer solved all my pobrlems after several days struggling."
10. "In the complicated world we live in, it's good to find siplme solutions."
9. "AKAIK [as far as I know, sort of] you've got the awnser in one!"
8. "BION [believe it or not] I'm impersesd! Cool post!"
7. "You got to push it-this essenital info that is!"
6. "Visited your blog post through Digg. You already know I am signing up to your rss feed."
5. "Appreciation for this infmortaoin is over 9000-thank you!"
4. "I'm not quite sure how to say this; you made it exrteemly easy for me!"
3. "Pin my tail and call me a doenky, that really helped."
2. "If my problem was a Death Star, this article is a photon treopdo."
1. "You put the lime in the coocunt and drink the article up."