Two hours and 15 minutes after my posting last night, there was a comment waiting in my moderation queue from someone purporting to be a user at Yahoo. The comment read, almost verbatim:
Do you know you can get an American idol coin which will feature 2 finalists on 2 sides? Well, I got mine from [redacted]
I decided not to approve the comment, but I was impressed at the relevancy. So I did a little more digging.
I ignored the purported email address as being trivially spoofed; instead, I did a WHOIS lookup on the IP address from which the comment had come. It was in the 59.95.x.x range, so I had to go to the APNIC Whois database, which told me that that entire subnet was run by an outfit named Sancharnet, whose homepage describes them as “Sancharnet is a country wide Internet Access Network of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, India. It offers Dedicated and Dialup (PSTN & ISDN) Internet Access Services across all the major cities in India”.
I then checked my logs (well, actually, the SiteMeter summary) and found that my only recent connection from 59.95 came though this referral:
and that the user had visited several pages and been on the site for about 4 minutes.
I must admit to being tempted to go ahead and let the comment post because it was, in fact, relevant — but, of course, I didn’t. Wonder if they’ll try commenting to this posting? It does, after all, have the magic “American Idol” phrase in it!