Two Milestones?

spam count   When I started writing these blogs around two years ago it was to supplement my monthly Astronomy web site, Qué tal in the Current Skies by allowing me to expand on the SkyWatch Calendar and the planet summaries on the Planet Watch page.
    This weekend I reached two interesting moments in my use of WordPress. Yesterday I posted the 500th blog about things celestial, and this morning my spam count went over 100,000 blocked spams since I started writing Bobs-Spaces.

   
   
   
Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

Spin Writers and Spam

I am probably not unlike many that use WordPress and routinely deal with spam sent as comments to my postings. And also probably like many writers, I was curious about a type of program or software known as ‘spin writers’. Essentially they seem to work like an automated Thesaurus to paraphrase writings. As it reads through your writing it offers alternate words and phrases to use as substitutes.
As a recipient of hundreds of spams sent as comments to my postings I have noticed a pattern to these spams, other than the same e-mail address. The pattern is in how these comments are written, and the fact that they rarely correlate with the post it is commenting on, and are very generically written. It seems to me that someone has written a few “I really like what you are doing/writing…” types of comments and then fed these into a spin writer over and over again to produce what seems like an endless supply of opportunities for me to click on the Empty Spam button!
Note, this is an unsolicited nod of approval for the Akismet Widget
Below are some examples of the Spam Comments I have been getting.
(In the time it took me to write this and make the little graphic 19 spams came in!)

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