a wonderful spam by jennifer lancey.

WordPress has a spam-guard called Akismet to detect (automatic) spam comments to your blog entries. I occasionally check the spam-queue to see whether any legitimate comments have been marked as spams. Since Akismet learns with user feedback, it has been doing a wonderful job of separating spam from valid comments so far. A typical spam looks as below:

homeowner insurance quotes | urlser.com/?aBCA5#0

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Today, I found the following comment tagged as a possible spam:

Jennifer Lancey | why-outsource.com

Hello there. I was sent a link to your blog by a friend a while ago. I have been reading a long for a while now. Just wanted to say HI. Thanks for putting in all the hard work.

Jennifer Lancey

The first reaction was a surprise, second one was to think of possible technical pitfalls in Akismet (thanks to the spam-detection project done during Information Retrieval course at IITB), and the third one was an urge to click on De-spam.

Somewhere inside, to which we call conscience, asked me, why Akismet, which has been doing a good job, would suddenly tag this good comment as a spam. I set back and did a google search for Jennifer Lancey why outsource. I found the same comment at various blogs! Importantly, it has been tagged as a legitimate comment by all the bloggers!

I was impressed by this Jennifer.


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6 Responses to “a wonderful spam by jennifer lancey.”

  1. Meghana. Says:

    Good one. Sometimes bhOndOO acts smart :).


  2. iisc Says:

    :). Afterall, bhOndOO contains the characters b-O-n-d.

  3. Shefaly Says:

    And these spammers are so lazy. They don’t even come up with new lines! Yes, I got a visit from this ‘woman’ today too. 🙂

  4. iisc Says:

    Thanks Shefaly for visiting.

    I hope Jennifer does not read your comment :).

  5. Nithin K Says:

    I too was clearing up Akismet list when I came across this same Jennifer, but the sentence was a bit different, well it is over a year so she must have changed it. It is surprising how many people have approved the comment!

    Well I too did a google search before deleting it, hence I landed up here.

  6. Pearl Tavares Says:

    Hi, nice post you have! Well written and informative.
    Definitely very useful for me.

    Keep on doing the great job!


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