Jess & Stefanie: Real or Robot?

Thought I would run these by you tech-savvy readers (and not-so-tech-savvy readers) to get your thoughts…

I received two comments (still sitting in moderation) concerning an old post of mine: “Taylor Lautner & Miley Cyrus: a double standard?”

Here they are:

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Submitted (by “Jessica”) on 2009/11/30 at 2:15am

U r so rite Norbet. u sound like u r 14. how old R U?
Jess

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Submitted (by “Stefanie”) on 2009/11/30 at 2:17am

Jess r u going 2 grow up. Taylor is well 2 good 4 Miley. Miley just got arrested 4 doing something. Taylor is a respectable guy unlike Robert Pattinson. Ask Kirsten!!!!!
t2ul8
Stefanie

Now, to me, they seem like fake “robot” comments for a few different reasons.  For instance, Stefanie “responds” to Jess’ comment two minutes later, yet Jess’ comment was never actually posted, since it was sitting in my moderation que.  Also, the text talk seems just too much — as if the writer(s) are desperate to come across like teens (or pre-teens).

Yet, if these are machine posts (and, again, I highly suspect they are — Jess and Stef (can I call you “Stef”?) feel free to defend yourselves), they are more smartly done than most that show up in my moderation que.  For instance, the post does have an earlier comment from Norbert, to which I assume the comment from Jess is referring with a misspelled “Norbet” — and, of course, if a machine-generated comment, then the misspelling would be another layer of sophistication.  Still, Norbert’s comment is the first on that post and would be presumably the easiest for a code writer to tell a program to pick off.  (And I must say that his comment does not read to me like a 14-year-old wrote it.)

I suppose these could be fake comments but not computer generated.  That is, they could be written by a real human who is going around writing fake comments about Taylor Lautner, Miley Cyrus, Robert Pattinson, and Kristin Stewart, but — wow — how sad would that be?

And, finally, I have to note that the comments do not link to a website — causing one to wonder why someone would take the time to write a program to generate fake posts that don’t even link back to anything.  What is the benefit?

So, what’s your opinion: real comments or fake comments?  Take the poll below to let me know.  (And if you are reading this on Facebook, you might need to click over to the actual WordPress blog site at wallacegsmith.wordpress.com to take the poll.  I am not sure if it will be readable on Facebook.)

And after the poll, if any of you have insight about why there would be a benefit to machine-generating fake comments that do not link to anything, feel free to let me know in the comments below.  (Assuming, you know, that you’re a real human.)

4 thoughts on “Jess & Stefanie: Real or Robot?

  1. Sorry, Mr Smith, but here’s my comment: where is the “I don’t care” button in the poll? I don’t have the smiley face pictogram, but I would insert here, now. Forgive me!

  2. An understandable position to take, Steve. As a techie-wannabe, how spammers and scam artists are able to program these things to dupe innocent people on the internet does interest me, but for those otherwise inclined I would just say, “Move along, nothing to see here…” 🙂

    By the way, WordPress will insert the “smiley face pictogram” for you. Simply type a colon (“:”) followed by a close/right parenthesis (“)”) and WordPress will turn that into a smiley face. I was going to type the : & the ) together to show you what to type, but then I realized that if I do (and I will after the next three words) it becomes this: 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Well, Mr Smith, you made a good point about the scam artists. I’m a computer illiterate, so your post was a little beyond me.

    You basically said, duck! incoming! (The bullet always hits before you hear the gunshot).

    And I’m going to attempt the smiley face… 🙂

  4. Lyndell

    It is amazing how engaged a human can get with a chatbot. Tried Eliza? I don’t keep up with all the tactics in the spam arms race. I read there was an worm registering users on WordPress blogs. The sinick in me went for the fembots.

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