Weird comment spam

I’ve been getting some bizarrely customised-for-this-site comment spam recently. For example:

As well as the main critical mass ride there’s now a north london version.

Those Friday Thing folk said that boobah is “a bit odd”

Today is the European Day of Languages. I wonder if David Blunkett is taking part?

Linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the way politicians and journalists are pronouncing place names associated with the war on Iraq.

When we moved here, Mrs Stefanou told us this was one of the nicest bits of Crouch End, while her son told us it was a great place to be because it was so easy to get to Crouch End from here

I wonder how robust this statistic is? And does this one only tell half of its own story?

You had your last chance girl. Now you will get a sound lesson in obedience and respect for your elders. Take off your clothes.

Actually, the last isn’t particularly customised-for-this-site. But you get the idea – the spambot is not only using randomly selected nonsense phrases to get past filters looking for the traditional ‘viagra ch3@p cl1ck h3re’ kind of spam, it’s picking ones that are relevant for a vaguely political, vaguely pedantic North London-y blog.

Perhaps the idea is that I’ll probably be busy, bored or drunk when I’m moderating my comments, therefore probably won’t notice that the commenter’s name is ‘cheap-prescription-drugs’ and their alleged blog URL is, and therefore that I’ll probably let their spam through…

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