On Spam Feedback

by Thomas Brett

One of the curious things about maintaining a blog–or maybe just my blog–is that most of the “feedback” I get is in the form of spam. My dashboard settings tell me that so far I’ve been “protected”, thank goodness, from some 1600 spam messages (and counting) that keeping hitting the blog like bugs splattering on a moving car’s windshield. Some of this spam, however, manages to trickle in past my protective spam filter and kind of impress me. The spam is computer generated and this, presumably, is the source of its strangeness–real people don’t speak like this–that occasionally manages to speak in grand profundities. Or if not in grand profundities, then at least in humorous terms. Here are some examples of spam feedbacks that made me pause and think for a moment about what I’m doing and the massive sea of spam-generating machines out into which I broadcast:

“I will allow this because it seems that the only way to communicate with the white world is through the dead, dry leaves of a book.”

“Yes this paragraph is in fact nice and I have learned lot of things from it concerning blogging.”

“It’s not my first time to pay a visit this website, I am visiting this site daily and take good data from here all the time.”

“Sketches are genuinely nice source of teaching instead of passage–it’s my familiarity. What would you say?”

“Thanks for informative post. I am pleased, sure this post has helped me save many hours of browsing other similar posts just to find what I was looking for. Just I want to say: Thank you!”

“Your YouTube video lessons are well-known in whole globe, because it is the leading video sharing web site, and I turn out to be too cheerful by watching YouTube movies.”

“The YouTube film that is posted at this place has in fact a fastidious quality besides with a nice audio feature.”

“It’s just that their faith in humanity has been shaken, and they need a little help getting unstuck.”

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