I was looking at the statistics of this diary (which is really a blog) built-into the FAD website and I realised that we have started to develop quite a community of people leaving comments on posts and sharing their knowledge and memories. At the time of this writing there had been 482 comments which is pretty good. I think, for a small local history website.
There are, of course, many more legitimate visitors to the site who do not contribute to any discussion and that’s fine too. The real surprise for me, however, was to discover just how many visitors there have been who have tried to contribute to discussions with comments designed to advertise themselves or their products.
The figures show that 1833 SPAM comments were discarded after the system detected that they had been submitted automatically by robots (computer programs) and there have been more than 15000 that passed the first test but which the system tagged as suspicious and filed in a separate queue for me for checking.
A percentage of them are blatant advertising but most pretend to be legitimate comments but include links to the advertiser’s website. These can be spotted a mile away because they are usually written by illiterates and designed to be used no matter what the subject of the blog post is. Messages like:
you’re in point of fact a excellent webmaster. The site loading pace is amazing. It kind of feels that you are doing any unique trick. Furthermore, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve done a fantastic job on this matter!
The message contained a link to site that sells boots! I do agree with the masterpiece comment though…. 😉Share this: