A Form Letter for Spam!

Hey Kids,

When one runs a blog, they cannot help but being attacked by parasitic spam comments!  I average about 6-10 of these a week in my comments folder; often they are ‘responses’ to long-ago written pieces here or are sometimes just attached to a Trek,  Nimoy, or movie photo I posted here.  What kills me is the cloying way these ‘comments’ go about praising an article or picture in the most general way possible, usually saying how something may ‘be best for the good of mankind’ or just how ‘very clever and insightful’ the item being referred too may be. Hmm, somehow I don’t think a photo of a thug in a black cap  is particularly earth-shaking.

computer-spamAs I cleaned out the spam folder here today, and usually, I just delete the massive quantities of junk without looking.   But this one caught my eye and I thought you’d get a kick out of it. It employs every option for every type of platitude and compliment while leaving space for it’s true advertising intent. Sometimes these are from the Ukraine, sometimes in they’re in Chinese or even Arabic, sometimes it’s just rambling non-sequitur, but they’re always hopeful that I’ll post them here as a legitimate comment. (No Way!)

Here’s the content of the actual spam; it’s a multiple choice (in brackets) of possibly enticing compliments with the choices unchecked! There’s an increase of intensity depending on how persuasive the company wants to be.  It’s totally absurd.   There’s even a smiley face option!  I’d add this to my list of other modern annoyances, although this still isn’t quite as annoying as robocalls!   I wish you all spam-free communications.spam

And thanks to “Tonia” for the insight in how this annoying practice really works.

Message from ‘Tonia’

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