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Flattery Spam October 29, 2009

Posted by yvettefrancino in Uncategorized.
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Update: Dec.7th…  For some reason this post has been getting an unprecedented amount of attention in the past week and I’m trying to understand why.  If you’re reading this, could you please comment or send an email to yvette dot francino at gmail dot com and let me know what brought you here?  On to the original post….

I’m interested in blogging , but I haven’t quite gotten used to WordPress.  I’d been happy with Blogger for my other blogs, but figured I’d give WordPress a try.  Well, a couple of weeks ago, I noticed there were a whole bunch of comments that had been marked as spam.  I checked them out and most of them seemed fine.  I wondered if the spam checker might have a bug. I’m always happy to get any comments and I certainly didn’t want to ignore readers!

One of the comments that had been marked as spam said:

“I dont know If I said it already but …Great site…keep up the good work. :) I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, :)

Here was this fabulous comment that I’d been ignoring!  How could the spam checker think this wonderful comment was spam? There was no mention of viagra or ufyufusfsu. This was like the opposite of spam!  I had a whole day of patting myself on the back for what an insightful blogger I was until a few days later when I checked my spam comments and found another complimentary reader who thought I had a Great site!  At first I just thought I was really on a roll, but when I went back and checked the wording, I noticed that it was almost exactly the same as the other one. That’s right. I’d been a victim of Flattery Spam!

I was curious how many other blogs had gotten the “I don’t know if I said it already but… ” comment so I googled the phrase.  The first post that came up was

12 Vital Tips and Tools to Combat Comment Spam in WordPress

This turned out to be a very informative post about tools and plug-ins that are used to prevent spam.  I read through the whole post, however, and couldn’t find anything to tell me how WordPress was able to detect FlatterySpam. Why had google sent me to this post when it didn’t even seem to contain the flattering/offending phrase?  Then I found it.  The post about how to prevent spam actually had been spammed itself with the “I don’t know if I said it already but… Great site!” comment.  How ironic!

This is kind of like the QA sites that have spelling errors that I read about this morning on Joe Strazzere’s Bugs in the Wild post.  But I’ve been teased myself about spelling errors in a blog where I’m writing about quality, so I won’t throw stones.

I may have spelling errors or other bugs, but it’s OK. My readers love me. I don’t know if you’ve heard it already, but …  I have a Great site! :)

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1. yvettefrancino - October 29, 2009

I sent Joe an email telling him I liked his blog and letting him know about this post. He sent me a flattering email back. REALLY! In fact, I’m sure you all have been trying to leave me flattering comments that have been eaten up by that nasty spam filter. Doesn’t it know I like flattery of ANY kind?

What is this world coming to when we can’t even falsely flatter people for our own personal gain any more?

2. The Social Tester: Rob Lambert « QA Management Musings - November 10, 2009

[…] a comment on my blog last month calling it an “awesome post.”  This wasn’t even Flattery Spam. It was legit!  The Social Tester noticed my blog!  I’m playing with the big boys. Possibly […]


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