Lessons from the spam filter: giveaways edition

There’s all sorts of ways to spot spam (and fortunately these days Akismet just does it for us with a pretty good level of accuracy.)

I’m a fan of the tortured, mad-libbed language a lot of spam bots use.  Whether it’s cramming the full title of a post into their comment (I guess it works for post titles like “Chocolate cake”?) or the random philosophical musing stapled to the end of a list of porn links … such things afford whole halfminutes of amuisement before I nuke them.

But really, nothing screams “I am not genuine” like this gem that popped into my spam folder today:

That is very fascinating, You’re an overly professional blogger.

Thanks, Genital Warts In Penis!  You have made my day.