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Lately, I've been getting some pretty weird comments on my site. Something like this:

RBe46T I'm out of league here. Too much brain power on display!
yUFHjc Cool! That's a clever way of looking at it!
rTxUh5 That's a mold-breaker. Great thinking!

They are leaving their site as google, yahoo, and bing. What is the reasoning for this. I'm not complaining about it since I will just mark them all as spam, but I just want to know why they are appearing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy Crofford
    Most likely a spammer doing a test run to see if they get noticed before putting too much effort into building links.
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  • Profile picture of the author poweraff
    Something is not right, Be careful ,
    do you see the first code in each comment ?
    Hackers use something like that to find an exploit on your website,
    it works sometime
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    • Profile picture of the author TracyNeedham
      Originally Posted by ablehosting View Post

      Something is not right, Be careful ,
      do you see the first code in each comment ?
      Hackers use something like that to find an exploit on your website,
      it works sometime
      So what's the best thing to do in that case? Just delete them?

      As for the original post, I've seen some people make blog posts out of their funny spam comments. In fact, I have one I plan to run soon!
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      • Profile picture of the author mikewithsfi
        Hey everyone, I have been getting the same comments on my website. No weird code or anything, mostly bad spelling. At first I thought it was some newbie accidently posting the google. com website, then bing and yahoo popped up as well. I am now at around 10 a day. I am just going to shut off allowing comments in my blog for a while.
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  • Profile picture of the author infomaniacs
    Here is one that I got on my blog, I left it there for humour value
    I love it! the colours work so well together, and the form really improves on his/her’s previous work. The use of goats testicles is really quite innovative!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gail Sober
    Their first couple of posts are benign because they are looking for people with this setting in the discussions config.

    Before a comment appears: Comment author must have a previously approved comment

    and hoping that you don't have "An administrator must always approve the comment" checked.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikewithsfi
      Originally Posted by Gail Sober View Post

      Their first couple of posts are benign because they are looking for people with this setting in the discussions config.

      Before a comment appears: Comment author must have a previously approved comment

      and hoping that you don't have "An administrator must always approve the comment" checked.
      Makes sense now. Thank you Gail. So if we have our comments to approval first then we are ok?
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    • Profile picture of the author wrongnumber
      Originally Posted by developyourlife View Post

      Lately, I've been getting some pretty weird comments on my site. Something like this:

      RBe46T I'm out of league here. Too much brain power on display!
      yUFHjc Cool! That's a clever way of looking at it!
      rTxUh5 That's a mold-breaker. Great thinking!

      They are leaving their site as google, yahoo, and bing. What is the reasoning for this. I'm not complaining about it since I will just mark them all as spam, but I just want to know why they are appearing.
      Originally Posted by developyourlife View Post

      I have gotten at least 50 in the past hour haha
      Originally Posted by mikewithsfi View Post

      Hey everyone, I have been getting the same comments on my website. No weird code or anything, mostly bad spelling. At first I thought it was some newbie accidently posting the google. com website, then bing and yahoo popped up as well. I am now at around 10 a day. I am just going to shut off allowing comments in my blog for a while.
      Originally Posted by Gail Sober View Post

      Their first couple of posts are benign because they are looking for people with this setting in the discussions config.

      Before a comment appears: Comment author must have a previously approved comment

      and hoping that you don't have "An administrator must always approve the comment" checked.
      welcome to the spammed club guys... ... a simple solution just use a captcha plugin from the wordpress codex... and they all will vanish... ... and yes a special mention... Mr. Gail... i would not be able to moderate my blog in that case... it receives around 10k spam comments every day... so i implement a special trick... that no guru tells... PM me to know what... those who do not want to implement captcha... can contact me for the trick...

      Thanx..
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    The blog owners are aliens and the messages come from the mother ship. It's been in orbit around earth since 1972. The weird numbers are intergalactic zip codes. Please don't ask how I know this...
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  • Profile picture of the author xxdksxx
    Yeah I had a huge problem with this a while back but then I switched my comments plugin to something I think by Captcha I think. It helped a ton ended up slowing down from over nine hundred comments to about fifty.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gail Sober
    I leave "Comment author must have a previously approved comment" unchecked and "An administrator must always approve the comment" checked.

    This combined with askimet works very well. I get thousands of spam comments a day too and only a few actually make it to the view and approve area.

    You can also set the "Hold a comment in the queue if it contains X or more links" to 1 if you really want to get strict.

    There is deathbycaptcha and other captcha breaking services that won't stop spammers if your site is on their radar so you can use captcha if you like for an added layer of protection but askimet with good settings in your discussions config will works fine for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    it would be interesting to check ip locations, there may be a pattern
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    The funny text is tracking codes. Throw them into Google to see how effective the process of spamming was for that person.
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