Sunday spam

Posted: December 8, 2013 in Blogging, Humor
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I don’t often notice my WordPress spam folder but every so often, I realize some content has been added and I take a look.  The spam generally provides me quite a bit of amusement because it’s so obviously spam!  I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anyone who sends me lengthy emails in foreign languages, interspersed periodically with bits of English that don’t make sense.  That type of spam has much in common with watching the Spanish television stations (for those of us who don’t speak Spanish):  minutes of the fastest talk on the planet suddenly broken by “Coca Cola” or some other English word.  Does anyone ever accidentally OK those messages or go to the sites from which they come?

Some comments are not only in English, but legitimate, so I liberate them to join the queue of comments.  And then there are those that are in English, but might as well be in a foreign language.  Here’s a jewel that I just deleted this morning:

ミネトンカ ブーツ

You can purchase a fine idea associated with anything you will have to invest, so that you do not get used. The degree of your upholstered seats is essential.

There are days when I’d like to purchase a fine idea, although I think the writer of this might have a different concept of that than I do, and I doubt this site would be the one I’d choose.  But that part that made me smile was that last sentence.  I’m not sure whether the author meant the furniture upon which I sit or the derriere I place on that furniture (although surely most of us have only one seat of the latter kind, upholstered or not.)  But I’ve certainly seen more than a few upholstered seats of a high degree perambulating around town.

WordPress’s spam catcher does an excellent job of corralling spam.  Be sure before deleting it, that you extract the maximum humor from it.  🙂

Comments
  1. Sandra says:

    You also need to make sure that there isn’t a genuine message nestling amongst all the spam. I get pretty annoyed having to trawl through 60+ spam messages which are a meaningless jumble of letters and words, but since I’ve been in the position where suddenly all my posts were directed to other people’s spamboxes for several days, I feel I need to check. 😦

  2. You are right Janet about the entertainment value. One friend of mine used to reply by analyzing the spam and commenting on their various claims it was making. But it keeps appearing and makes me wonder how and why they persist.

    • I never reply because I don’t know if there might be some sort of virus or something in them. I don’t get too many but they’ve added up over the several years I’ve been blogging. I just like to skim them for entertainment value before deleting. 🙂 Might as well get some good out of them!

      janet

  3. You’re right. Thank goodness for the WordPress spam filter. I self hosted for many years and finally moved everything over to w WordPress host. The spam just ate me alive and I was spending thirty minutes daily going through it. WordPress frees me from that chore, though I do miss some of the things I could do as a self-hosted blogger.

    • I can see that would be a time-saver! I started on WordPress, so I can only imagine what a pain that would be. I know you can do a bit more if you pay for an upgrade, but I haven’t done that yet. Maybe one day… I’d love to be able to have some different fonts.

      janet

  4. hahaha that’s really a gem :o) I agree, the spam filter works great. But that WP knows that I need no “enlargement” is a little scary, they never saw me :o)

  5. Colline says:

    Some comments do have a sense of humour 🙂
    I have read some, though, that make no sense at all.

  6. Yes, most of the time, the spam is obvious. There is that one, off and on, though that is legitimate. And, yes, I have accidentally, put one or two in the really comment section. Normally, I catch it and return it to spam, then delete.
    They can be fun, though. On that, you and I agree. Of course, the ones that tell me what a great blogger I am as well as an excellent writer, I read twice before dropping it from the earth.

  7. Amy says:

    I have seen some of my readers’ comments in my spam folder 😕

  8. Honestly, I get such incredible volumes of spam, I would never have time to read through the real comments if I took the time to sift through it all! There are definitely some gems hidden in there, though. Mangled English, poor punctuation, vulgarity and all, I just have to wonder what these people/bots are really trying to accomplish. Even if the spam filters didn’t pick it out, do they think that anyone would be interested enough to click through? Anyway, thanks for sharing that choice pick about upholstery. I hadn’t given the subject such careful thought before!

  9. Imagineer says:

    The thing that annoys me is that some of the spam is better than my posts! 🙂

  10. […] followed up by a link to the original “Spam, spam, spam.”  (Evidently, I was enjoying spam back in 2013 as well.) All that’s left now is a visit to the Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota.  […]

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