Beware of fake comments on domain blogs

Don’t believe every comment you read on domain blogs. While many do come from real people who are commenting as themselves, lately there has been an increase in “fake” comments where a scammer impersonates someone else.

The latest victim is long-time domain industry veteran and NamePros admin Eric Lyon, here’s what he shared recently about the fake comments:

I enjoy commenting on blogs and I do it frequently but someone is also posting controversial/critical blog comments as “me” that I would never post. They’re putting my name and NamePros.com as the poster of these problematic comments.

For those who know Eric you know he’s a super positive guy and a great contributor to the domain industry. If you see a negative or strange sounding comment from him on a blog…it’s probably not really him.

This is the complexity with blog comments today. Anyone can comment as anyone, all you need to do is put in a name, email address, and throw in a website and you are, well, anyone.

It’s up to us as bloggers to do our best to spot these fake comments and filter them out. Just like all the fake news we’re plagued with today, sometimes it can be hard to spot a fake though so it’s pretty challenging to make sure that every comment comes from someone who really is who they say they are.

Still I’m going to be increasingly vigilant on my blog and encourage other bloggers to do the same. Now this doesn’t mean removing negative comments, I welcome these and people should always feel free to express themselves whether they have something good or bad to say about something I’ve written.

So as I’ve said for years, comment and let your voice be heard…just be yourself!

{ 6 comments… add one }

  • Rich January 12, 2017, 1:51 am

    I ran into the same problem Morgan,this guy is using my name and posts using obscene language
    to denigrate me to prove his point,like it’s going to work.
    What batters me more is that Konsta wants me to change my name after so many years.
    Here’s the link:

    http://onlinedomain.com/2017/01/10/domain-name-news/attorney-invests-500k-new-domains-dui-attorney-100k-etc/

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    • Konstantinos Zournas January 12, 2017, 11:09 am

      “Rich” is not a name. It is a nickname and a common one.
      I asked you both if you could do something about it because it seems like you are both talking to yourselves. If you don’t then so be it. (You can simply sign your comments with your website.)
      And he is not impersonating you as he is talking to you.

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  • Howie January 12, 2017, 3:14 am

    There is the perfect name in the drops for such like; blogcrasher.com

    @Rich That’s really annoying. It’s hard to tell whether the other ‘Rich’ is masquerading or just another Rich with the same avatar. Unless you know different of course. Cheers.

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    • Konstantinos Zournas January 12, 2017, 11:11 am

      They both have no avatars. The “R” avatar is automatically generated from a plugin I have that simply takes the initial and creates and avatar for people that don’t have one.
      Rich and Robert would still have the same “R” avatar.

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  • joe January 12, 2017, 6:31 am

    This is the ugliest thing you can do to a colleague or friend of this profession.

    Morgan already send you email at @fashionmetric.com.

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  • Eric Lyon January 12, 2017, 11:43 am

    I agree with joe!

    Reply

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