I am very sorry to announce that I have turned on Comment Verification. The ratio of spam comments to real comments has been increasing steadily lately. At first I ignored it and actually found some of them misguidedly kind of funny. I would delete them when I caught them, but many get posted on very old blogposts and I don’t find them until I starting looking through the archive for something.
I have all my comments sent to my blog e-mail address so I can catch the occasional comment on old posts. Within the past day or so I have gotten over half a dozen of this particular spamment:
Very nice! I found a place where you can
make some nice extra cash secret shopping. Just go to the site below
and put in your zip to see what's available in your area.
I made over $900 last month having fun!
There were three in my Stalking Julia post alone, telling me that the spammer may be using some sort of keyword search to find places to spam. This guy making $900 a month is pretty proud of himself. A Google® search for “I made over $900 last month having fun!” yields 84,700 hits. That's an awful lot of spam for someone looking for people needing an additional 10 grand a year. I hope no one is quitting their day job to jump at this opportunity.
The real straw that broke the camel’s back was this one:
Cool site on uncircumsized penis Check out my Penis Enlargement
This stuff appears to be big business. Here’s the website of a guy that people THINK is in the PEP (penis enlargement pill) business and some samples of the e-mail he gets. These folks are desparate. Obviously a need is going unfulfilled, but I really don’t want my blog to be a conduit for the trade.
Besides these spam comments are grossly unfair to the female members of the internet community. My reading audience is roughly half female and I don’t get all sorts of spam for breast enhancement cream. Hey spammers, let’s show a little equal opportunity out there.
Navigate the Turing Test and let me know what you think, as long as you don't want to share a way to make some money on the side. With my enlarged bifurcated penis, I'm thinking I could make at least an extra $900 a month as a porn star.