No matter how someone may try to “dress it up,” spam is still spam. Sometimes the comments seem genuine and are hard to discern, but quite a number of times a comment doesn’t match the content of the post.
- On a post about feeding a homeless man, I received: “Haha. I woke up down today. You’ve *cheered* me up.”
- A comment on our son’s engagement announcement read: “I was so confused about what to buy, but this makes it *understandable*.”
Misspellings and grammar can be big clues that perhaps the comment should be ignored. (In fact, I’ve removed the misspellings. *See note for why I’m using asterisks.) I also question the sincerity of comments that read like flattery or are generic-sounding (kind of reminds me of horoscopes). I’ll hold off on commenting on most of the spammy comments below because I’m waiting to hear your creative reactions.
Pass your plates and I’ll dish up some spam, just as they arrived in my comment inbox:
- Thank God! Someone with *brains* speaks!
- Shiver me timbers, them’s some great *information*.
- Is that really all there is to it because that’d be *flabbergasting*.
- We put the weblink of this site on my own Face*book Re*taining wall. comfortable web*log indeed.
- I bow down humbly in the presence of such *greatness*.
- I assume that you just hit the actual *toenail for the mind* utilizing this type of submit. (Hmmm… I suspect someone used an online translator for this one!)
- Thanks for the great info dog I owe you *biggity*.
- The genius store *called*, they’re running out of you.
- You have more useful info than the British had kloomys* pre-WWII. (I didn’t know the Brits had kloomys!)
- Of the panoply* of websites* I’ve pored over this has the most veracity.
- Stands back from the keyboard in *amazement*! Thanks!
And last, but not least:
- “If my problem was a Death Star, this article is a photon* torpedo*. (Now, how did they know I like Star Wars and Star Trek? Did I post that on Facebook?)
- Find out why I changed the typos in the comments to the correct spelling and added asterisks in “Spam M.O.” This post will help you understand what may be lurking behind these innocent-looking comments. Read more so you can be smart about comments.
- Some of these comments could be from website businesses which don’t read what I write, they just hire people to post quick comments and links, trying to get more links to their advertising. (Some are also scams from overseas). My readers’ comments are valid and I always approve those.
- The fancy spam-meal photo can be found on Wikimedia Commons.