I do not like (green eggs and) spam

This is a bit of a nothing post, but it does allow me to rant briefly about spam. As in, the kind offered by people pretending to have meaningful comments while actually merely plugging viabra, some gambling site, dodgy knockoff watches or whatever.

Akismet catches most of them, presumably the really obvious ones. Since I’m not self-hosted I can’t tell what Akismet happily snaps up and chews up — it all happens in the background.

But a few do get through. One obvious sign is the same comment posted on 3 different entries, all older than a week. Yeah… spam much? Another is the sadly standard content — if a comment tells you how interesting you are and how you will be BOOKMARKED so you can show up better in SEARCH ENGINES and RANKINGS, chances are — no wait, it is spam. And I still have to read them carefully because sometimes you never know. But the sad thing is, you do know. The chances of something in my spam folder being a genuine comment are about 1%, and the chances of something that looks dodgy actually being dodgy are about 99.9999%.

Walks like, talks like. Spamito ergo sum, or something like that.

All of which is really just an excuse to post a Monty Python picture.

PS – For those who care, the move proceeds apace. DaMovingDay -7 — truck comes this time next week. If any of you have amazing powers of weather manipulation, please send non-snow for the weekend after next. I’ll pay you in pie.

9 thoughts on “I do not like (green eggs and) spam

  1. I like the new spam that actually reads and leaves a legit comment, but in the website field it reads something like “Free WoW gold”. I use DISQUS now to take control over this type of comment and edit out the links while leaving the relevant comment.

  2. The thing I hate most about spam is how it toys with my ego. As a small time blogger, I charish every single comment I get. That’s why I try to respond to them all. So when a spam shows up that looks semi-legit, I’m tempted to leave it up just to improve my comment count. I always delete them, but the temptation is there.

    I’m a sad individual.

  3. I’ll have the spam bacon sausage and spam, please.

    I get the same types of spam comments, and like Anjin it’s a bit crushing at times to have only one comment on a posting, and it’s some twit trying to sell products to enhance one’s manhood.

  4. What a fascinating article of interest I am to bookmarking and perhaps everyone should look at genuine papers written about the subject on demand.

    (I’ll take the lobster thermidor aux crevettes with a mornay sauce served in the provencale manner with shallots and aubergines, garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam, please.)

    1. My dear, if you know me at all you know I’m not the type to share my lobster, prawns, shallots and especially not my truffles.

      You can have the fried egg and spam though. 😀

  5. Thank you for writing such an interesting post.

    I have BOOKMARKED you so you will henceforth show up in a better class of search engines and blogs (like the famous Stabbed Up blog!).

    1. Yay! Fame at last! Sometimes I see The Big Blogs out there and wonder how they do it. Then I realise they don’t slack and I do, and all is revealed.

      Then I go back to slacking.

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