The sworn enemy of my forums have always been Spammers. But gone are the golden days of the easily machine detectable plea to buy male enhancement products in broken English – today we have something much more diabolical.
The Art Of Text Recycling
Take a look at this post to our forums:
Now, before you pour your heart into helping “Stella” achieve her dream, look at this:
Yup, it’s relevant text that was stolen from a Yahoo! Answers post.
It looks like a totally legitimate question. It’s the correct topic, posted into the correct area. Our spam detection system (Akismet) failed to flag it.
What if Automated Next-Gen spammers start doing things like:
- Text recycle a post
- Wait a week or so, giving time for innocent dupes to make replies to your original post
- Come back and add your spam URL to your forum signature, or possibly the post itself
Actually I think I have seen the above happen a few times recently. Meh, annoying.