IBM deserve a smack on the bot?

My apologies: this post is just one great big awful pun.

I have noticed a lot of commenting activity on the site lately, whereby a particular bot posts my own weblog posts as comments against said posts. This seems to happen in waves every couple of months, and it’s very odd (not to mention annoying). So today, I decided to actually look up the IP address that persists in this aberrant behaviour, and discovered that the offender is a server called, which is either a web proxy or a mail router—or both. Very strange. And it doesn’t seem to want to obey robots.txt!

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