Which Type of Comment Spammer Are You?

We try to keep spammers away from our blogs. We set up elaborate filters to catch them, we delete their comments, and we even block their IP addresses. But no matter how much we fight off their advances, they just keep coming back for more. And yet we have to admit, these anonymous friends of ours are starting to grow on us. Here are 6 kinds of spammers we love to hate.

We try to keep spammers away from our blogs. We set up elaborate filters to catch them, we delete their comments, and we even block their IP addresses. But no matter how much we fight off their advances, they just keep coming back for more. And yet we have to admit, these anonymous friends of ours are starting to grow on us. Here are 6 kinds of spammers we love to hate.

1. The Conversationalist

Like Barbara said, my best friend’s aunt’s cousin-in-law was able to make $3,589 a day working from home. Except that there is no Barbara and no one was talking about working from home until you came along, CashCrazy. This folksy spammer engages in one-sided dialogues that ultimately lead to a bug-ridden website.

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2. The Echo

Arguably the creepiest of all spammers, the Echo has nothing to say, so he rips a choice sentence from the story and pastes it into the comments with a link to his site.  Arguably the creepiest of all spammers, the Echo has nothing to say, so he rips a choice sentence from the story and pastes it into the comments with a link to his site.

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3. The Flatterer

The Flatterer would like to thank you for writing such an informative post. You are a great man. Now here’s a link to an unrelated website. Flattery will get you everywhere, Spammer –particularly the trash bin.

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4. The Minimalist

The Minimalist gets by with a link and a smile. Oh, thank you so much for this delightful URL with no explanation, Spammer. We’re sure the other readers are dying to know where it leads.


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5.The Heckler

Hecklers pose as concerned citizens who call writers out on their typos, awkward prose, or poorly researched opinions. We’re all for keeping it real, Hecklers, but if your idea of challenging us is to post a link to another site where we can find a “better” version of the same story, we have to question your motives.

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6. The Whack-a-Mole

How, when 17 comments containing the same tired link have already been deleted, does the same spammer manage to come back for more with a new email and IP address every time? The Whack-a-Mole must tell us where it gets its stamina.

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