They make it up in volume

Over at Language Log, Mark Liberman finds a piece of comment spam worth quoting:

Ginger ultimately struck North Carolina on September 30 as a chinese culture massive disappointment.

The resulting embryo is afterward transported to tissue may occur, either acutely or chronically, over hundreds of times, sometimes with a little more.

This is right up there with the best ones I’ve received, though this remark of Liberman’s disturbs me:

Among the approximately 15,000 spam comments directed at LL over the past 24 hours, this is one of the few that made it past the filters to be dealt with by human moderation.

Fifteen thousand? In one day? And this estimate may be conservative:

That might be a low estimate — there have been 4,574 comments caught by the spam filter in the past 105 minutes, which would translate to 62,729 per 24 hours.

I don’t know how many of those might have been wrongly trapped, because there are far too many for me to check them manually, as I used to do when there were only a few hundred a day.

Since the fall of 2008, I have had 34,817 comments caught by the spam filter. Total. Admittedly, I draw a lot less traffic than Language Log — whose ancient WordPress theme, incidentally, is also my ancient WordPress theme — but still: 4500 in less than two hours? That’s scary.


  1. sya »

    31 May 2014 · 3:42 pm

    Holy cow. That makes me glad my blog is still obscure.

  2. McGehee »

    31 May 2014 · 3:54 pm

    “Bother,” said Pooh, and deleted his blog.

  3. Smarty Pants »

    31 May 2014 · 3:55 pm

    people really care about words about words!

  4. Bill Peschel »

    31 May 2014 · 4:23 pm

    I don’t know how many I would get if I didn’t reroute my email through gmail. Google may be evil, but they scrape away a ton of spam I never see.

  5. backwoods conservative »

    31 May 2014 · 7:09 pm

    Well played, McGehee.

  6. McGehee »

    1 June 2014 · 8:47 pm

    The number to call is BR-549.

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