UPDATE 7 Apr 05: Just after I started flagging the most popular pages visited on this blog, comment and trackback spammers began targeting them. Some things have predictable consequences.
Today is the first day that this blog got a comment spammed from an Irish company. It's the first Irish company comment spam pasted to the bottom of my blog in four years of blogging. For that, the team at NewMedia.ie earns special mention on the Yahoo group list for Irishbloggers and in my course notes for students earning our multimedia degree in Ireland. We won't mention what the Irish comment spammers do because we cannot see their message behind their Flash interface. I normally don't send emails to comment spammers because that merely adds my email address to a known spammer's database. Instead, I talk about my problem online, let Google index the perp in the context of comment spam, and the market feedback takes care of the message. That will happen rather efficiently in this case, because the comment spammer came to my website on the back of a Google Alert. The same terms used in the original alert will find this post and I'm sure the message will hit home.
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Previously on IrishEyes: Comment spam round 9 (January 2005), round 8 (December 2004), round 7 (August 2004) . . .
Bonus Link: Brad Choate -- "Spam Lookup"