Last week when I hosted Carnival of the Capitalists, I noticed that bots were submitting Conservative Cats form with spam entries - like having "cheap viagra" in all the fields. Then, this week, I found that at an application site for camp host jobs that I run has been getting the same type of spam. I am not talking about email - I am talking about data base entries coming back with spam in them.
Why? I presume someone went through the time to program the bots, but what does it accomplish to dump your cheap viagra url into a bunch of online forms for memberships and applications.? Its just some sysop who is going to see it. I can't believe this sells anything -- for me, its more like graffiti than real advertising.
Update: OK, I am clued in. Apparently it is comment-spam bots that think these forms look like blog comments and are filling them in to try to get the site-link SEO bounce. So now I need to figure out how to make my form look less like a blog comment form, I guess.