July 1, 2019

Why these odd anonymous comments?

I've been getting comments on my blog (hosted by blogger) that puzzle me.
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It wasn't until I had gotten 2 or 3 that I went from "Publish" to "Delete" to "Mark as spam" (the three options offered by blogger.)

The things that distinguish these comments:

  • They exist. I rarely get comments. These happen once or twice a month 
  • They always are Anonymous
  • They always have bad english grammar.
  • They don't fit any known category of spam; not promoting anything or links anywhere
  • They are flattering
  • They contain nothing that would associate them with the content of the blog post they are commenting on.
Here are some theories:
  • This is a data communication method, using steganography based on grammatical or punctuation or word choices.
  • There is some grad student running experiments / training an AI etc. based on human spam detection
  • Someone is running a background check for blogs that auto-publish anonymous comments.
Any better theories? Leave a comment 😀