Spam Comment of the Week — Week 10 2023

I get some interesting spam comments on my blog, most of which are captured by Akismet, WordPress’ spam blocker. I generally do a mass delete of all of my spam comments after checking to see if any legitimate comments got caught up in Akismet’s spam-catching net.

I thought it might be fun to select a particularly interesting or unique or outrageous spam comment and highlight it each week.

This week’s featured spam comment was from someone named Lacki and it was in response to an earlier Spam Comment of the Week post.

Thanks for another informative site. The place else may I am getting that kind of information written in such a perfect approach? I have a challenge that I’m just now working on, and l’ve been at the glance out for such information.

I think the real challenge Lacki should be working on is how to put together a coherent sentence.

I’m adding a second spam comment today because this one seriously freaked me out. It was from Zoe Jones and she wrote this in response to my post “Work-Life Balance.”

Do you think that Sarah is right that Ted needs to find a balance between work and family? Is it really about him wanting a more serene life spent with family or does he want to work himself to death?

At first I thought Akismet had incorrectly put this in my spam folder since it seemed to be a legitimate response to my post. I was getting ready to approve it, but then I clicked on the link to Zoe’s website, and this is where it took me:

That got me wondering if Zoe Jones is a chatbot and her comment was actually created by an AI text-generator app. Could it be that spammers are copying short posts into a ChatGPT app and having it generate comments that actually sound like legitimate comments from real people? What do you think?

Anyway, have you read some catchy spam comments that you’d like to share with us? If so, put them in the comments or create your own post and tag it #FSCW.

30 thoughts on “Spam Comment of the Week — Week 10 2023

  1. Sanjeet Patel March 12, 2023 / 7:04 am

    The 2nd spam comment is really interesting and I think you might be right. These site owners must have started to use some AI to generate more human like responses to get through spam filters.

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  2. Gr8BigFun March 12, 2023 / 8:41 am

    Next, they will cut the cut and paste middle man out and just have the AI scour posts and generate lifelike responses. It will be impossible for even Akismet to identify the spammers. The apocalypse is upon us!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Marleen March 12, 2023 / 2:19 pm

      I’m thinking 217 years is on the high end of how long we might have left as a semi-civilized or developed planet of inhabits.

      Liked by 1 person

        • Marleen March 12, 2023 / 3:48 pm

          Okay, I’m being very esoteric right now. I happened to be looking at what “Hebrew year” we are in right now — context Purim recently — and there are 217 until reaching 6000. If I did the math right. And 217 feels realistic for a span of time all humanity could largely be losing a grasp on human compared with AI and still function in any meaningful way before deteriorating or breaking down.

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          • Fandango March 12, 2023 / 3:58 pm

            Well, at least it’s not an arbitrary number.


            • Marleen March 12, 2023 / 5:31 pm

              🤣 So… three generations (or ten or eleven Bohbert generations or Lorelai [Gilmore] ones) or more if our lifespans become shorter in expectation. Or fewer if, in the second, we become something like plugged-in Neos.

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            • Marleen March 12, 2023 / 6:00 pm

              I know I didn’t do all of that math right.

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      • Marleen March 12, 2023 / 5:33 pm

        … inhabitants …

        I know: you figured

        Liked by 1 person

        • Marleen March 14, 2023 / 12:02 pm

          Is too much exercise good |
          Masking and loss of trust …
          | Sensible medicine [or no]
          [plus law] | March 13, 2023

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        • Marleen March 14, 2023 / 9:55 am

          Is too much exercise good |
          Masking and loss of trust …
          | Sensible medicine [or no]
          [plus law] | March 13, 2023

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        • Marleen March 14, 2023 / 3:38 pm

          Sensible Medicine SuperBowl Edition
          — Walensky’s Equipoise Lie [a month ago]

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  3. Renard Moreau March 12, 2023 / 10:29 am

    😂 I highly doubt that ChatGPT will create incoherent comments like those.

    The spam was most likely created by a non-native English speaker.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. bushboy March 12, 2023 / 5:26 pm

    Zoe visited me as well 😂 There should be more people being “at the glance out for such information.” 👀

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Marilyn Armstrong March 12, 2023 / 8:41 pm

    If they aren’t using chatbot yet, they surely will, witness the second of two spam comments in tomorrow morning’s post.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Maria Michaela March 13, 2023 / 3:57 am

    I had a spam almost the same as the second one. When I checked the site, it had nothing on it at all.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Hammad Rais March 13, 2023 / 12:39 pm

    The spammers are definitely using AI to generate spam messages. In recent days, I have received so many such messages and it is indeed scary.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. leigha66 March 18, 2023 / 4:06 pm

    That is an interesting theory… AI for comments. It is certainly possible.

    Liked by 1 person

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