I have a confession to make. I love it when you guys comment on my posts. Not a big secret, is it? Heh. Anyway, the much-awaited comments became a minor concern yesterday for me.
Have a look :
I received this “comment” some time around 11:30 am yesterday. It was on this short film review. The comment talks about injecting “politics in a food blog.” Yes, yes. Wait, what? What the heck is this girl talking about? Are you for real, lady?
And she also brackets me among “celebrities,” as if I’m the print version of a three-star Michelin chef. But yes, that didn’t feel bad. 😀
It was almost instantly followed by this one :
This is where things get even quirky. This comment is purportedly on this book review. This “Kailey” talks about Beyonce and songs, music and keys – the last of which I have absolutely no frigging idea about.
A couple hours later, I received another 2-3 comments like these. None of them made any sense to me and weren’t even remotely associated with the post on which they were supposedly made. I did the one sane thing I felt I should – unapproved and dumped them in the spam folder. By the time I slept last night, I had received 23 of these comments. And they were on all kinds of posts and not — like the first two — just on reviews. And when I checked my spam folder, there were many more of these from the past few days. My concern is – Why didn’t WordPress filter these spam comments yesterday?
I checked my mail ID. Like all of you bloggers, I too get mails whenever I receive notifications on the blog, except for the follows (for some reason, I don’t get mails for new follows anymore). The e-mail IDs for them were weird and a lot of the supposedly-different commenters had the same IP address.Check this out :
So Blue and Lottie, despite having separate websites and separate email IDs, had the same IP address. And the same Quixotic level of stupidity to boot. Bravo!
My paranoia was so actively working that when I finally received a notification for a genuine comment, I initially mistook it to be another of these fake ones. Poor me! But then I saw the gravatar image of the person commenting and recognized her to be a genuine, living and breathing human being. Hmph! Apologies dear,in case you are reading this.
So I ask you, dear reader, what do you think happened yesterday to my WordPress account? Was it “simply” a case of spamming? Why so many bots? And — God forbid — was there some sort of hacking or other ulterior, clandestine motive at work? Please tell me.
When (not if) was the last time you were spammed? (I know, right?) Please tell me how your experience was and what you did about it.
Thanks for reading.
I’ll leave you with this. Hasta La Vista, Baby!