Sunday, April 25, 2010

Is it just me?

Or should I say, "私がそう思っているだけでしょうか。/気のせいかな。"

Bailey and I have been blogging for a few years, and starting about six months ago, we both started getting comments in Japanese on both of our blogs. While neither of us can read Japanese, the comments always seemed to be different, from our admittedly non-professional analysis of the characters. The commenters' names were composed of 2 0r 3 of these characters, and the comments were usually 2-3 lines long, and ended in a really long ellipse, like this "......................................................."

And to be fair, the language may not be Japanese at all; it may be Korean, or Vietnamese, or another similar Asian language.

But I have run a bunch of them through the translator at dictionary.com, using every possible source language I could find on that site, and none of them translate to English.

It started with 1 or 2 comments per month on each blog. Now I am getting 1 or 2 a day, and Bailey gets 3-4 each week. And starting today, some of mine have dispensed with the foreign characters in the commenter's name, and now use our alphabet (albeit in nonsensical combinations).

I am just rejecting all these comments, and writing them off as spam. I am afraid that the ellipses might actually be a link to some sort of spammy page or virus, so I am just not letting them through. But I am really interested in hearing from you guys - is anyone else getting these, or are Bailey and I suddenly the toast of Asia?

And on a side note, I have actually had a lot of time for jewelry design and creation lately, and have finished some neat stuff, and have a lot of other partially finished projects (as usual). I am just horrible about taking the photos, uploading them, editing them, and posting them to my blog. I will try to do better.

I don't know what Bailey's excuse is. He does sleep a lot.

If anyone else is getting these weird comments, please tell me about it! Thanks!

EDITED TO ADD: Bailey & I are both still getting these comments, and I have been able to determine definitely that there is embedded HTML in the ellipses. Something strange is definitely going on....

EDITED YET AGAIN, TO ADD: Oh, goodie. They contain embedded links to PORN.
I will try to cut and paste the non-porny part here - the sender of today's comment is:
瑜吟, but unfortunately the entire comment (besides being in Japanese, apparently) is just a clickable link, and I can't highlight it to copy and paste here. But merely hovering over the comment showed some really interesting-sounding sites. I'll just be sure and check those out. And so will my dog.

Good grief.

5 comments:

LanguagesRFun said...

This is what Google translate said:

(From Japanese to English)

Just think what I am. / What is imagination.

Sweet Freedom said...

Thanks, Languages, but if I'm not mistaken, you have just translated for me the Japanese text I myself posted in this blog post.

I am getting many, many, many DIFFERENT foreign lanquage COMMENTS on my blog, and I have not included any of them here. Not even sure they are Japanese. Maybe Chinese. I don't know. Don't care, really.

Just trying to find out if other bloggers are also getting them.

But thanks!

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Me too used to get this odd foreign messages. What we did for a while is to off anonymous comments (it seems you've done that). It went away ... The only issue with turning off anonymous is that some legit bloggers can't leave message/comment.
Mom and I hope that blogger does something about this and wish we could track the sender. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

3 doxies said...

I haven't had any myself but I have seen them on other blog. I just can't remember which blogs. Thank you for letting us know.

Kristina said...

well i was gonna tell you to turn off the anonymous comments but you already did it =0] so these way you will not have anymore weirdo things