Check out this quote:
Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning. — Rick Cook, The Wizardry Compiled
The latest trend is to add comments to weblog posts, praising me in all sorts of truly wonderful (but totally generic) ways. The only purpose being to get that comment listed with a reference to some site peddling some stuff. Fortunately, the ploy is trivial to detect. So easy in fact, that filtering can be fully automated via the Akismet web service, plus a WordPress plug-in by that same name.
Here’s the trend on this weblog (snapshot taken about a week ago):
The drop comes from the fact that all posts on this weblog are automatically closed for comments after two weeks, and there were no new posts in July and August. So it’s just a bunch of, eh, slightly desperate people pounding on the door.
One of them got through in the past six months. The other 326 just wasted their time.
Something similar is happening on the discussion forum. And behind the scenes, some new work is now being done to make those constant attempts there just as futile :)