When Spambots Break, We Fisk ItPublished 10 years, 7 months past
A while back, a spambot stopped by my 2006 post “Unitless line-heights”, dumped what appears to be its complete response configuration file into my comment form, and submitted it. Being something of a Dadaist at heart, I went ahead and published it — and yet, somehow, that wasn’t enough. I believe the whole world should have the opportunity to savor its multifaceted and sometimes contradictory opinions, so I present it here in its entirety (and its character encoding errors) with a few bits of commentary by yours truly.
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If you want the original, un-fisked version for use in your own anti-spambot defenses, you can find it here.
Her previous roommate was very excited about vertical rhythm, apparently.
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More seriously, I see comments like this all the time, and it is obvious that they are spam. They are not in any way related to the content of the post.
Eventually we’ll have AI good enough to filter out comments that don’t actually discuss the post, and the spambots will have to actually post a relevant comment. And that’ll be a good thing. (And I think I saw an XKCD comic on the topic, but I can’t just find it.)
@Michael. XKCD 810
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I still bookmark : ( haha
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