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With unemployment high in many countries, and with internet access now available in countries where pay is extremely low it was inevitable I suppose that people would start to employ real people as spammers. Give them a link or two, and pay per comment they manage to get posted. Not phased by having to sign in, or by having to pass the dreaded CAPTCHA test these humans can just rapidly type a reasonable splurge as a reply, add the link and on they go.
The only way to defeat this human spam at the moment seems to be by being human, so I have moderation turned on on this blog for every comment after 24hrs of the post going live. You get 24hrs of un censored comment time, then I'm on the case.
Do you have a blog? Do you find this style of human spam is increasing?
hmmm human spam. I think I'll rename it, to Soylent Green.