More than a decade ago when I used Hotmail, I was getting more spam than normal e-mail. I can’t remember the details. It was the shear weight…
Now I get only rare spam via GMail but I have a blog and the spam keeps evolving. At first is was a lot of links to whatnot and “buy Viagra”. Now it’s a lot more subtle. I actually have to read what’s in the Spam bin to decide whether or not it’s spam or not. Akismet does a good job but many of my commenters dance and sway enough to get in there fairly regularly.
Remember the Nigerian scams with a scheme like “so and so has died leaving money locked in an account…”? Now I get all kinds of advice about how to boost ratings for the blog in general terms, or they suggest my spelling is terrible. There’s always some little story like “I found this via Google but it was hard…” or “Thank you so much for this information…” but you can tell they have not even read the blog because there’s no information connected with the subject matter.
Now the spam is linking to stories and giving relevant comments but just barely so, like a keyword or two will make sense or they will quote something and give a nonsensical comment. That’s really hard to tell from regular commentators who like to twist facts to fit their pet theories/beliefs/religions.
I suppose the ultimate answer is to hire a moderator with ruthless decisiveness but the volume is nowhere near needing that yet. I may just cut off comments after a few hours and leave it at that. Another alternative is to create accounts and limit comments to account holders. That could become a burden too.
It seems spam has evolved from just selling products to leveraging the web to visit certain sites where stuff is sold/promoted. It’s just getting so noisy. No matter. I can still have fun with IT on my own LAN and the web. That is changing too but at least there something is always improving.