What Gives?

So, I was reading-over my previous post and noticed that random words were highlighted with hyperlinks to scammy-looking online businesses. What gives? I didn’t add these.

Is this some fresh hell that WordPress is inflicting on its users? Has anyone else had this problem? How do I make them go away?

(It’s only the last post which seems to have this problem).

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4 Responses to What Gives?

  1. djiril says:

    I’m not seeing them on my end. It might be something specific to your web service.

  2. n8chz says:

    Ya zdelala grubuyu oshibku!

    The previous comment is obviously a mistake . Those blog administrators who approve of courtesy to living authors will terminate it without prejudice…

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    I looked at the previous blog post and didn't see any spam, but then remembered that I use a rather ample suite of ad-blocking extensions, so I turned those off. I still see none of the "features" you describe. OTOH, your description of them is so detailed (and so very, very familiar) that I don't doubt that I would have seen the fnords had I tuned during some time window. I think it is safe to say that Automattic (parent company of WordPress) is floating a trial balloon. I have observed some generally subtle changes in site behavior in the past, although this one is by far most symptomatic of a business model that is losing its innocence.

    I also checked my own WordPress blog and am not seeing the fnords.

    That the behavior was observed on only one post seems strange. Perhaps the algorithm is designed to infect (say) one out of a thousand page loads, with the rollout of the “feature” to consist of upping the frequency to one in ten.

    Right this minute, it’s rush hour on the information duperhighway, and the prepaid 3G dongle I’m using as a cheap substitute for “being someone with Internet access” is experiencing an epidemic of timeouts, so I don’t have much chance to play with wordpress.com at the moment, but given this information I definitely plan to in the wee hours of the night…

    Oh, and since you’re noticing it only on your own computer, I wouldn’t rule out adware, especially if you’re a Windows user.

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