Comment spam

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Comment spam is a term referencing a broad category of spambot or spammer postings which abuse web-based forms to post unsolicited advertisements as comments on forums, blogs, wikis and online guestbooks. Related topics include:

  • Forum spam, posts on Internet forums that contains related or unrelated advertisements, links to malicious websites, and abusive or otherwise unwanted information
  • Newsgroup spam, a type of spam where the targets are Usenet newsgroups
  • Social spam, unwanted spam content appearing on social networks and any website with user-generated content
  • Spam in blogs, a form of spamdexing done by posting random comments, copied material, or promotion of commercial services
  • Troll (Internet), a person who sows discord on the Internet
  • Hit-and-run posting, a tactic where a poster at an Internet forum enters, makes a post, only to disappear immediately after
  • Sockpuppet (Internet), an online identity used for purposes of deception
  • Astroturfing, the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization

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