Ok, so the jury is out on this one – that’s you guys … Just received this email from perhaps a genuine questioner, or could be a spammer … I’m erring to spammer at the moment …
I’ve partially reddacted the ip-address and email address, just in case it’s a genuine person – because I have a duty of care to protect genuine commenter’s privacy.
When searching for the ip-address on Google it is listed as having had spam sent from it. Now this isn’t definitive, I’ve seen websites on blacklists, purely because their host lumped them onto the same ip-address as a spammer. Usually the host will change your ip-address or get it removed from the spam database if you’re genuinely not a spammer. So ip-address being listed in a spam database isn’t definitive.
This is the text of the comment :
Hi this is kind of of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if
you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog
soon but have no coding knowledge so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
The website given does have a commercial element, I can see adverts on it (gamezebo.com). This again isn’t definitive. It could be a person just making their living, and a genuine question.
My post (that they’ve commented on) could have been selected based on one of my tags, or other automated system to determine relevancy of the comment. My post was written a few months ago now, which makes me suspicious as I’m not getting many comments on it now.
Lastly the domain gaweb.com has a “for sale” page, doesn’t appear to be an email provider or any kind of authentic web presence other than someone has registered it and put a for sale page on it.
As a final note, what I could do is edit the comment and remove the website they’ve given, answer the comment. That way they don’t get the backlink (which is what a spammer wants on comments), and I’ve avoided spam queuing a genuine person.
The “jury”, the “kangaroo court” is you guys, I will do what the poll says :
[UPDATE – 15-Apr-2014 – THIS MESSAGE IS VERY VERY LIKELY SPAM, SO IT’S GONE IN MY SPAM QUEUE]