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What is Hentai?

I get a lot of comment spam with the word hentai mentioned. I get that it must be something erotic from the context, but that’s it. Sometimes it’s in the same random group of words as handjob and Asian. When did Asian become a dirty word? I’m a little afraid to do any searches with the word Asian. Comment spam seems to go in cycles and is probably a good measure of current trends and interests. Hentai Asian handjob porn seems to be a big interest lately. I remember when comment spam was cute. They used to say “I really like your site!” followed by a link to some unknown website. Now it’s drugs to increase your member size or pornography references I don’t even get. Oh, and the latest version of Akismet for WordPress isn’t seemingly catching any more spam than it used to. As of 2007, I am routinely having to moderate comment spam on this blog somewhere in the neighborhood of 20-30 a day. This is a far cry from the thousands being blocked outright by Akismet, but in 2006 I only had to moderate half a dozen or so…a month! The spammers have evolved.


Reader Comments

  1. Back in my day I believe Hentai was the equivalent of “dirty old man” or pervert. Now I think it applies to manga or anime style porn. I would guess that the Asians mentioned in the spam would be wearing schoolgirl uniforms or would otherwise appear underage. It is difficult enough to keep up with English slang and idioms. Thank you Internet…

    // I don’t speak Japanes but I took enough martial arts classes to appear foolish in at least three far east countries.

  2. I manage a cluster of mail servers for a small ISP, and we get in the neighborhood of 1 to 2 million emails a day. It has become nearly impossible to filter out all the spam. When I adjust the filters to be more restrictive, people complain, when I make it more forgiving I get the same response. The type of spam these days has evolved so much it is technically superior to most if not all anti-spam solutions. Techniques such as heuristical poisoning and dual layer rasterized images (overlaying multiple images over each other where one is not significant but one over the other is to fool OCR’s) have all but crushed anti-spam solutions. We need legislature to be passed to help in this fight, if not its a lost cause.

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