Lately, I would say in the past couple of months, I get comments where a person posts an address. It has numbers in front and then there is the name of a road. No city or zip code. I get them in different articles and from different user names although the way the user name is formatted makes me assume it comes from the same person.
I am wondering if others are getting these too and what can be the purpose of people doing this. I mean, there has to be a reason for wasting time doing this, no?
Also, are these better off deleted or marked as spam?
Yes, I have gotten two so far. Not sure what it's about. I just mark them as spam.
Yes, got one like that awhile back. I didn't know what to do with it and I reasoned, however, that it did relate to my article; my article was one of those "where is *such and such* now". But now that you say you got one like it, it make me wonder what it is.
It's really odd! Yes, I am getting them on my dog articles, which makes no sense.
I'm actually glad you asked about it because now it's kind of clarified for me that it must be some kind of spam or bot. Because comments with just an address don't really make sense so it must be something along those lines and the fact that you're getting them too confirms for me that it must be a bot or something. I've heard various things about bots that do different things, but I've heard they do things like what we're talking about here, leaving nonsensical comments. In other words, I don't know specifics but I think the comments need to be deleted.
Nope, never encounter one yet but definitely is a spam
I have yet to encounter this phenomenon but if and when I do, I would follow the advice of everyone else here. Ignore, delete, destroy.
Yes, I've had this several times in recent times. My guess is that there's sort of clandestine communication going on? It's weird anyway. I don't approve the comments, needless to say.
Interesting theory! Haven't thought about that.
Criminals/terrorists etc. often communicate via things like online computer games nowadays, as they considerate it to be a safer channel than phones. So I did wonder if it was something like that? Drug dealers or whatever? Just a throwaway idea because I can't see any normal logic to it...
Though the format of them seems auto-generated, lacking a human touch.
I never got that kind, but I have gotten other spam with email addresses and URLs.
To answer your question, I mark those types of things as spam and leave in my spam folder for a while so staff can notice it and add it to the IP block list. Then I delete it from my spam folder a few days later when I do my routine cleanup.
I just got one of those today, just an address no city or zip. I thought it was just another rubbish comment but now others are getting the same thing it makes me wonder what is the point. Another reason to keep those comments to be approved by the writer before they appear.
A few years ago on here, I and others got loads of comments which didn't relate to the article. Such as, The article was about Reincarnation, and the comment was ' Yes, Saturday Sharons'
I came to the conclusion that it was a scam, drug deal, or some sort of illegal activity out there somewhere.
If you think about it, the best way to pass on secret messages has to be on a random article. or group of articles. make your comments private until you decide whether to show them. That way these people will go away.
HubPages should eliminate the option to let comments appear without moderating, and force everyone to be diligent with checking comment activity. I see a lot of spam in some people's comments and they just don’t seem to care.
Yes, I got one yesterday or the day before. It was the first of the kind.
I doubt anyone os communicating via a way tha can easily be erased as spam. I bet it is either spam or an automated way to get an account approved so it can be used as spam
I've gotten genuine mail from fellow hubbers. I don't think anyone would send spam knowing that he/she could be kicked out of hubpages for doing that. I think you should report it to the staff. They might know how to stop it.
I wonder if this is negative SEO. Especially since your articles are niche specific (and do great on Google).
I got one today. Have marked as spam and will leave it for a few days.
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