I’m now considering making Random Says be all about spam.

Okay, I’m kidding, but this is at least the third post where I include spam comments I’ve received. So I guess Random Says is at least partly about spam.

Why write your own content when you can let the spammers write it for you?

A Grammar Solution?

This week I received what I’m pretty sure is a proposal for a new grammatical convention to deal with the pesky your/you’re bugaboo.

Very nice very nice stuff you have on ur blog your above excellence

I think the author, Humor News, has decided the best way to solve the problem is to create a new convention so all of us are starting from scratch. Humor News’s proposal is essentially:

  • ur — replaces our current “your”
  • your — replaces our current “you’re”

While I applaud Humor’s intent to make progress in this area, I think it would be better not to confuse things by re-using “your” with the new convention. What do you think?

Blogger Barely Escapes Balladeering!

I’m not sure how to decipher this message from author “My Homepage”:

HURRAY! can’t balladeer. by virtue of himself by what name highly. 395503

I’m mostly confused by the number at the end. I think it’s meant to be the true name of the person who wrote the comment. In that case, I wonder if it’s okay to use “39” for short. Whatever, I’m happy that you were able to get out of balladeering. Not sure what’s so bad about it, but good for you!

An Apology to Nadine

Dear Nadine H.,

Your comment was flagged as spam by my software, but software isn’t perfect. It could have been wrong about you. It’s a little suspicious your webpage link points to a blog that has been removed, though, so your comment is staying in the spam folder. But! I will respond to your query here in case it helps others. You wrote:

Hey, I can’t view your site properly within Opera, I actually hope you look into fixing this.

Well Nadine, while I don’t use Opera myself, I do have it installed and was able to view my site just fine using Opera. I’m using version 12.01. Without knowing any details, I can’t help you much more than that*.

Love, Random

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Do you have any share-worthy spam comments? Does spam annoy you, or do you find it oddly entertaining?

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* In case you really have a question about using Opera…

I know very little about Opera since I don’t use it, but I’d suggest going into the menu and selecting Settings>Delete private data. By clicking the little arrow by “Detailed Options”, you can choose what is deleted. I’d pay particular attention to “Delete entire cache”, “Delete plug-in data”, and “Delete persistent storage”.

Is spam the wave of the future?
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4 thoughts on “Is spam the wave of the future?

  • 08-04-2012 at 4:55 am
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    I love reading your spam posts! I wrote one myself about six months ago, had a lot of fun with it.

    I’ve noticed one weird thing, maybe others have experienced the same. I’ll get no spam for a while, and then a whole flurry identified as coming from Facebook under the “Whois” link. Many of the comments sound believable and often related to each other. Sometimes I think someone’s FB page is accidentally linked to my blog!

    My favorite though was from a commenter named “colon cleanser” who said he loved my writing so “please don’t stop”. I just love a spammer with a little humor.

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    • 08-04-2012 at 12:26 pm
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      I’ve had the same thing happen with the sudden flurry of comments from Facebook. It’s happened at least twice and both times the comments were much more interesting than usual. Like you, I thought many of the comments sounded believable and I wondered if the spam filter was just being a little overzealous.

      The commenter names often give a clue, though. Like with “colon cleanser.” Funny. And entertaining.

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  • 08-06-2012 at 5:54 pm
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    You’ve got a great collection of spam here. I’m going to review my folder and see if I can come up with anything near as poetic.

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    • 08-07-2012 at 12:43 pm
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      Thanks! I like to think I inspire creativity in my spammers. Of course, you are a witty and entertaining enough of a writer you don’t need to rely on your spam folder…

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