Lately I started getting lots of odd one liner comments that usually look somewhat like this:
Great post! I really enjoyed it!
There are many variations, but the message is always the same – a generic praise that does not contain any references to actual content of the post. Some of these have URL’s attached to them, and some others don’t. Most of them end up in the moderation queue or Akismet spam box.
I do realize that some people might just want to tell me I did a great job, but have nothing else to add. Still, 99.9% of these posts get deleted whether or not they contain a spammy URL.
I do this for several reasons:
- Even if the post does not contain a URL, it doesn’t mean it’s not a probe to cheat the first time poster moderation rule (when you post here for the first time, your post is held for moderation – after that, it’s up to Akismet and BadBehavior to keep you out). These things are likely to be followed by regular spam once the email in the email field gets white listed
- Even if it’s not spam, the value of such comment is very low. It does not contribute anything to the ongoing discussion. It’s generic – almost like a trackbac, but these at least let me know who links to this post and let me visit the blogs of people who read me. I found lots of cool blogs via trackbacks, or by looking at who links to me on technorati
- If you think about it, the only people who would genuinely post a generic message like this would usually not be regular readers. Most probably they would be random visitors who stumbled upon a post via Google. So chances are that if I mistakenly delete their post, taking it for a bot spam, they won’t get upset because they were never planning on coming back to this site anyway.
Of course this is not to say that I don’t appreciate kind words from random visitors. I do appreciate them very much, but at times it’s better to err on the side of caution. So if you posted one of those generic “Good job!” or “Nice Post” comments and it got deleted, I apologize. I don’t delete them automatically – I usually look at each one individually to see if it maybe it is less generic and off topic than I initially suspected. Unfortunately, most are not.
Do you get these types of comments on your blog? Do you think these are bots, malicious people or just some poor lost souls who leave super-genetic comments?
[tags]comments, one liners, great post, ambiguous comments, spam, spamming[/tags]