In December of last year an odd comment made it into the moderation queue. All it said was “Array”. Most likely the spammer’s intention was to submit a random element out of a collection, but got the object’s type string instead, such as if an index was not supplied. I just chuckled, saved a screenshot, and marked as spam. Here it is:
What’s particularly interesting about this case, is that now in September, I still spot such submissions. Same email, same IP range, same silly software mistake.
This is absolutely ridiculous for several reasons. Besides the obvious fact that a production system generated nothing but garbage for at least 9 months, I think this also tells us a little bit about spammers themselves. I guess they are not even expecting their bot comments to ever get pass the filters, else someone would have noticed the 0 success rate of a system running for this long. At least I’m assuming that no one ever approves such bluntly nonsense comments.
If there’s a lesson that could be learned from this, I guess it would have to be: make sure your software actually works. Don’t let the Semicolon Ninja get you!