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I get some great comments on this blog that have contributed greatly to learning about money. However, there are many spam comments that you won’t see because I’ve filtered them out. Recently, the number of these commercial comments has increased to dozens per day.
For this reason, I’m forced to turn on “word verification”. This means that when you make a comment, you’ll have to look at a picture of a twisted word and type it in. It’s not difficult, but I hate to make commenters do this. If it cuts out enough of the spam comments, I may be able to turn off comment moderation which will make the whole experience more interactive with your comments appearing more quickly.
The typical spam comment consists of some gibberish followed by links to web sites selling some dubious products like drugs or porn. To give you an idea of what I’ve been seeing, here are a couple of the tamer spam comments (without the links) translated into English:
“H is common knowledge now one of the girls. And actually pay for one want them to see the H, points in the excitement of shyness or a compliment! She and Ona such Onameru The Ministry of Relief and we would love to hear and Nanako - H”
“Now the beach is an impressive star of here! Mobile PC not only easily find an opponent! New Star Beach probability of meeting markedly UP”
What are these people selling? The nonsense gives some clues, but I won’t follow the links to find out for sure.
I’m sorry to be blogging about blogging instead of blogging about money today. I thought it was important to explain the change. I’m hoping that those who’ve chosen to comment on past posts will continue to comment in the future.