One Man’s Junk

Every blog needs a spam filter. WordPress has a good one, and every week it catches a few dozen advertising messages disguised as legitimate comments before they make it onto this blog somewhere. WordPress will empty the filter automatically, but I like to do it myself for a couple of reasons. First, legitimate comments occasionally get snagged in the filter. (This will sometimes happen if you include a link in a comment, and will definitely happen if you include two.) Second, I have found over the years that comment spam provides a fine source of entertainment.

In the early days of comment spam (which I have been blogging long enough to remember), it was easy to be fooled by them. Hey, this guy likes my post, but where’s this link go? Philippine escort services? What the hell? As the amount of spam increased, generated by bots and proliferated by viruses, spam became more obviously spammy. I’ll frequently get spams that consist of nothing more than a half-page of links to porn sites (although they are often helpfully sorted into alphabetical order). As advertising, this kind of thing must work because I keep getting it. And while it’s hard to believe there are people stupid enough to click on it, you know there are.

The most entertaining spam is the stuff that reads like it has been auto-translated from one language to another and back again. Which is most of it.

I do not even understand how I stopped up here, however I believed this put up was once good. I don’t realize who you might be but definitely you are going to a well-known blogger when you are not already. Cheers!

I do not understand how I stopped up here either.

Comment spam usually tries to be complimentary. Lots of it is along the lines of “thanks for the great post,” followed by a half-page of links to porn, or football jersey knock-offs, or whatever the hell. Recently, however, comment spammers have become a bit more critical. They don’t think my page loads quickly enough (“who is your web hosting?”), they think my layout could be more interesting, or they have other problems with my work.

naturally like your website but you have to test the spelling on several of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very troublesome to inform the reality however I will certainly come back again.

That one is true up to a point—I find it very troublesome to inform the reality, too—but I resent the suggestion that my speling is less than impeccable.

For all of my problems, however, some spammers see what I am doing here as much more than merely writing.

You could definitely see your skills in the paintings you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

Hey, I’m painting, yo. And taking that advice, definitely.

(Note to patrons: At some point today, maybe by the time you read this, we will pass 500,000 hits received on this blog since January 2007. That’s nothing like 500,000 dedicated fans or anything, but it still strikes me as a milestone worth being grateful for. So thanks, everybody.)

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5 responses

  1. 499, 837! I recall when a car I owned was going to click over to 100,000 (or actually, back to 000,000). I got home from work one evening and the odometer read 99,999.7, so I drove around the block twice just to make sure I saw the moment. Applying that to the moment here, I could refresh your page 167 times to get to 500,000, but I’m not sure that would work. Congratulations on a half a million!

  2. Wow that’s a lot of hits, very impressive ! But it’s a great blog. I’m looking for the porn link Jim, I can’t find it.

  3. So glad this blog post wasn’t really about your junk.

  4. 499,889 bottles of beer on the wall, 499,889 bottles of beer…

    Between all the cans, bottles and spam, your local recycling plant surely must thank you for your generous support. Here’s to the next half-million!

  5. Kudos!

    One blog I follow (when it updates) doesn’t seem to bother filtering its comments. Thus, you get the hilarity of reading one of the auto-translated variety. Then the next two comments on the same post are nearly exact replicas, aside from a handful of words replaced with synonyms. From what I seen recently, stove hoods made in the UK are a hot property.

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