A few weeks ago, I decided to finally take the robot-detector-annoying-code-thing off my comments. If that technical term isn't quite clear, I mean that I made it so that you no longer have to type in hard to decipher letters to leave a comment here. Spam robots did not automatically take over the world, or even attack my little blog. I have a gotten a few since then, but Blogger is really good at finding them and deleting the comment. But I still get the email for that comment.
Here is one that I got shortly after that cracks me up:
I often wonder why I am not more smartly liked than I am right now. Don't we all? The solution is to talk more about Woman Gaga.
If you don't have a blog and therefore don't know the tell-tale signs of a spam comment, that's pretty textbook. They usually compliment your blog or writing, but don't mention anything that is actually specific to your blog. Then they have that link at the end of the comment. Thank you, I have totally been wondering what the very best way to lose weight is. It's a wonder science has taken so long to figure that one out.
They sometimes have a better grasp on English though. Here is one I got on Monday's post. I think it was one of the first comments on the post, but Blogger did not put it up:
Wowee, thanks! I AM a good writer aren't I? Glad someone who obviously reads my posts thoroughly has finally appreciated me in my time. Off to check out the Foamnasium!
Anyway, no harm done, no big annoyance. Like I said, I don't get these on every single post, and I'm glad I made commenting a little easier for actual readers now.
But then, the same anonymous spammer, we'll call her Melvin, came back and left another comment:
Really Melvin? REALLY?!? Are you being inconvenienced by the natural consequences of you spamming MY blog? She didn't even bother to take off the random link on the end. I'm really glad to know that it's a different link than the first one. These people aren't working for individual websites obviously. I might actually need some calming therapy.
So since Melvin is anon, I went back and left a comment on my own post this morning, knowing she would get it in 4 emails, and said this:
"Are you kidding me anonymous??! You left me a spam comment! You can't ask for any favors. I should just leave a comment on this post every hour for the benefit of your inbox. At least blogger was smart enough to recognize you as spam and not post your comments."
My idea is to have you guys help me damn the spam. Obviously, Melvin is a real person, so we don't want to be mean. But we do want to be slightly (or very) annoying. Because spam is slightly or very annoying.
So maybe, if you fancy these kind of uprisings, go to this post and leave a comment. If you have a blog, you probably want to do it anonymously so Melvin doesn't also leave helpful links on your own blog. It won't take long to comment because I don't have code-deciphering remember?
I think you should start them all "Dear Melvin..." then proceed to tell her some good calming therapy tactics, or your favorite types of foam. For example:
"Dear Melvin, sometimes when I feel flustered and need to calm down, I cover my whole body in shaving foam and lie face down in the bath tub. Works wonders!"
And just think, Melvin will get 4 times the inbox spam for each one you do! And I will get the comment email and chuckle menacingly.
Right here. I'm serious, I really want you to. I'm going to give the best comment a prize next week! (But if you are commenting anon, you will just have to be honest about whose is whose, when prize time comes, ok?)