interesting comment spam

Bonnie’s blog has been getting absolutely hammered with comment spam lately and it has me a tad confused. First of all, my blog has only had about 1% of the spams enter as hers. Secondly, the spammers have switched gears from throwing long random strings of keywords into the comments and started leaving behind fortune cookie-esque messages. Some examples for your enjoyment:

The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible.

No one is mediocre who has good sense and good sentiments.

It is not so much the ship as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you.

That’s just 4 of the couple hundred of deleted in the past week or so. I hadn’t paid much attention, but all of them came from two distinct IP addresses. Guess I could’ve avoided all that if I paid attention.

The final thing, and my biggest complaint about comment spam at the moment, is that it’s making it through my moderation bin somehow, despite my WordPress settings that shouldn’t be letting that happen. Our blogs share the same blacklist of keywords and under “Options->Discussion” both “Comment author must fill out name and e-mail” and “Comment author must have a previously approved comment” checked. Maybe that’s redundant and that is causing my problem – but it seems quite logical that both should be checked, but maybe I am misunderstanding the meaning of both. I think I’ll uncheck the “must fill out name and email” and see how things go…

Results to follow soon.