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Are spammers stealing legitimate comments?

  1. I think that spammers are "hijacking" legitimate comments in my blog. I've written a post about it: http://computinged.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/new-kind-of-spam-snagging-legitimate-comments/ Is there anything I can do (e.g., in my settings) to make this less likely?
    Blog url: http://computinged.wordpress.com/

  2. I think that spammers are "hijacking" legitimate comments

    Not really sure what you mean there. 99.9% of comments are Spam. You can usually tell by the usernames and email addresses.

    Generic 'atta-boy' type comments are almost always Spam. Unless the comment specifically references something in your post, it should be deleted.

  3. Unless the comment specifically references something in your post, it should be deleted.

    Not deleted but marked as Spam - that way Akismet will learn who is a spammer and how they are getting by the filters

  4. Well, in my case, they're already marked as Spam and awaiting action.

    Maybe OP isn't sending them to Moderation?

  5. @notawoodpecker

    Sorry on the wordsmith thing - or if they are already in the spam cache like they are for you then clearing the spam cache does delete them - it's that I have seen some people that were having spam problems and they were just deleting them and Akismet was not learning

  6. Not really sure what you mean there. 99.9% of comments are Spam. You can usually tell by the usernames and email addresses.

    Generic 'atta-boy' type comments are almost always Spam. Unless the comment specifically references something in your post, it should be deleted.

    Completely agreed -- I see a lot of those. The two comments I describe were in my spam cache, and did have these completely spam-like usernames and email addresses (e.g., offshore bank accounts). But the comments are great.

    Here's what I think happened (somehow):

    1. Some legitimate user made a thoughtful comment and posted it.
    2. But somehow, a spammer was able to swap out the identifying information on the comment, so that it pointed to their spam site.
    3. Akismet caught the comment as spam and put it in my cache, but it's really a good comment whose identify is stole.
  7. People are hired to write those "great" comments. Their aim is to get the spam links on your blog. Don't be sucked in by it.

  8. Also note that we receive spam that contains our own words from posts and from comments. Don't be sucked in by it either.

    Read 5 things every blogger should know about spam.

  9. I agree with Timethief and, for what it's worth, I've had bits of my own posts grabbed by spammers and put into spam comments. Do you know what I do? I delete them.

    The only comments that get into my blog are ones made by real people, with real URLS and real email addresses. They are comments either by bloggers I already know or by bloggers (or non-bloggers) who are actually trying to connect with me as an individual who just happens to be a blogger too.

    As TT says - don't be sucked in by it.

  10. Thanks, all! I'm betting that that's what happened -- these are copy-paste from other sources.

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