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JohnFound



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JohnFound
Read the comments on this page of my home site.

Do you think these are bot(s)? There is a bot protection on the site and these (if they are) are the first that were able to post comments without being caught.

The only suspicious thing about these comments is that they are posted in English, but the article is Bulgarian language, that can be read mainly from Bulgarians and maybe partially by Russians or other Slavic people.

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Post 07 Aug 2013, 17:32
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bitRAKE



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They are definitely not native English speakers - most probably bot.
Post 07 Aug 2013, 17:45
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JohnFound



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JohnFound
Yes, I tend to consider it a bot too. But what is the goal of this bot? There is no advertisements or links in the posts.
Post 07 Aug 2013, 18:21
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dogman



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dogman
I think these are bots to generate linkbacks to the site to make the author's stats higher (more popular). Should all be deleted.
Post 07 Aug 2013, 18:52
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JohnFound



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dogman wrote:
I think these are bots to generate linkbacks to the site to make the author's stats higher (more popular). Should all be deleted.


But there are no links at all, neither hyperlinks, nor plaint text URLs. Or I am missing something?

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Post 07 Aug 2013, 20:35
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revolution
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revolution
Comments without content (just empty praise and nothing else) are almost always robot link spammers. The fact that your site is different from normal blogs means that the bots don't know the formatting rules for how to makes links. Most other comments systems have another input field where people can put their website address. Since you don't have that field then the bots have nowhere to put their spam link.
Post 07 Aug 2013, 21:59
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JohnFound



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revolution, it is one very possible explanation. And I have an idea how to detect such type of bots - I can try to check the POST request for additional fields not existing on the HTML form.
Post 07 Aug 2013, 23:19
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dogman



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Or, set the comments to approval only if you can't automate it. There aren't going to be that many legit comments and you can spot the stupid ones right away. Damn spammers...
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