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Ramblings of a Unix ronin
Funny thing ....

...I've suddenly started getting spam comments on five-year-old LiveJournal posts.

Do they think that if they only try to comment-spam five-year-old posts I won't notice?  Do they think that anyone but me will actually SEE spam comments on a five-year-old post?

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mr_spock From: mr_spock Date: July 23rd, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL - I've been seeing the same thing, on posts going back to 2005!

You're right that they are foolish to think anyone but you is likely to see the comments on a post that old. Which just goes to show that they are being paid to throw out as much crap as they can - they don't care where it goes as long as they get a credit for a post. They have a business model that is incredibly inefficient and sloppy.
fair_witness From: fair_witness Date: July 23rd, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you're the third or fourth person on my FL who's said something about this in the last couple days. Is your spam a YouTube link, too?
hugh_mannity From: hugh_mannity Date: July 23rd, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had a couple, both on posts I made to communities , one from 2006 the other from 2003. They can't spam most of my journal because it's friends only.

The email notification has what appears to be a you tube link in it --- I don't know what the link is too, I haven't followed it. The link photo is of a page of text.

Neither of the spammers appears to have an LJ account -- or at least LJ couldn't find one. Nor do either of the comments appear in the comments to the posts.
mr_spock From: mr_spock Date: July 24th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I stopped seeing any new spam when I reset my blog so only friends could comment without being screened. But I'd have to say that not clicking through to find out what's on the other side is smart.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: July 24th, 2012 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I've had mine configured almost forever to allow only registered accounts to comment.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: July 24th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
The most recent one was an embedded video. I didn't look to see what it was.
The one before that, a test link to someplace Russian.
jilara From: jilara Date: July 23rd, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've gotten spam IN RUSSIAN on elderly posts. At least I think it's spam. Go figure.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: July 24th, 2012 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I've seen a bunch of those, mostly to posts in the logjam or logjam-dev community.
From: databeast Date: July 24th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Do they even think anyone reads Livejournal any more? :-P
guppiecat From: guppiecat Date: July 24th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Google does.

That's why they're doing this. Recent changes to Google's algorithm prioritizes "social content", so any links to what they want to promote from social sources boosts their ranking.

Since most of the other social networks take a walled garden approach, LJ spam is suddenly a lot more viable.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: July 24th, 2012 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
bunrab From: bunrab Date: July 26th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been getting spam like that on old posts pretty steadily right along - I get little spates of them every few months, two or three within a couple days of each other on 2 or 3 old posts, Been going on for the last 2 years or so. Congratulations on finally joining me in the spam comment circle of LJ Hell.
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