Reading through the spam comments posted to my site was starting to irritate me, so about a month ago I installed some software that screens the comments and automatically tags the spam ones. I still have to go into the spam folder periodically and delete them, but they no longer get mixed in with any real comments. As I mentioned in a previous post, the spam is either blatant advertising in the body of the comment or a generic comment with a hyperlink in the commenter name. At first, the bulk of what I received was in the first category. They always start out something like this: “Sick of getting low amounts of useless visitors for your site? or Hey guys i wish to share with you a way i make $500 daily and i only spend 5 minuites doing it a day!” Many of the messages are identical, down to the typos and bad grammar.
I checked the spam folder recently in order to delete the latest batch and noticed an interesting shift. Now I seem to be getting more of the second type of spam. Still annoying, yes, but quite often inadvertently humorous as well. So I thought I would share a few before I send them off into oblivion.
Some are vague and innocuous:
“I’m very happy you took the time and wrote that post
“Thank you for sharing this! I found a few interesting sites here”
“Hi there this post is very interesting. I’ll use it for my essay. Can you tell me some related articles I could use too?”
Some are cryptic:
“Hey Gale, whatever dude.”
“Hey Alfonso, I doubt it..”
“I need to know exactly what Johnny will do with this
One even appeared to make sense in response to the post (on Starbucks):
“So, is it true A wonderful, straightforward blend of Latin American coffees.”
But the best ones contain some startling examples of the English language:
“My son was laughing at me when reading one paragraph on your blog “……” it makes me to feel more intelligent after reading it.”
“This can be one of the most authoritative discussions I ever encountered in a long time, I’m talking about this component of your article “……” it also reminded me about the day I ran across my husband.”
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And my personal favorite:
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Having never been the target of Nigerian email scams, this is the first time I have been the recipient of manglish on this scale. It does have an element of humor to it. Yes, it’s still incredibly annoying. This blog is an expression of myself, not some lame recycling of content in an attempt to drive traffic and make a few bucks. I find it insulting to get comments like “Why have you taken out my post? It was very useful information and i promise atleast one person found it helpful unlike the rest of the comments on this website.” As if I should value spam comments more than real comments from real people who actually read what I write. Yes, I know they are baiting me in an attempt to get me to respond to them so they can add my email to their collection. I’m not falling for that.
Instead, I am getting my own little revenge by using their comments for blog fodder without giving them credit or including their links.
Take that, spammers.