Saturday, April 16, 2011

When The Spammers Strike

On one hand, I think it’s a compliment when someone is trying to get spam through on your Comments section. It lets you know you’ve created something people actually want to look at.

It’s no secret that I hate spam. It’s vile, disgusting, and basically fills your arteries with processed crap. Email spam is similarly disgusting (I’m tempted to do an etymology day on why the latter is named after the former). Almost every day I receive something, either on Twitter, here on Blogger, or in one of my email services—don’t get me started on telemarketers. The most annoying spam has the subject line of “Hey,” which is made doubly annoying by the fact that that is how my mother usually headlines her emails.

Hm. That actually seems sort of appropriate.

In unrelated news, I’m glad I never told my mother about my blog.

Back to spam: unfortunately for us, it’s hard to battle. Once you find a way to block them, they come up with new ways to spam you! I think the only way to really combat it is to force people to take ethics classes and sign an agreement not to annoy others. And I don’t see that happening any time soon. It’s bad for business.

Cursed spam. Anyone have and good spam related stories to share?


  1. no good stories, but I tend to either respond at length to spam that makes it into my inbox or on the blog or reply in kind, repeatedly, to the spammer.

  2. I've been getting a lot of it in my hotmail junk box lately, and some repeat offenders among the names. I sweep the email, and in a day or two they turn up yet again spamming me with things I didn't ask for (I'm pretty sure I'm fifty years away from the hip replacement market, thank you) under a new email address.

    There's also been a spammer by the name of Mary Mallard at one of the writing sites I've joined who's frequently mass spamming other members with off the topic spam. I've decided to create a blog character based on her, and call her Mary Ducky.

  3. Spam is the most despicable junk to have to deal with when trying to write. Good post.

  4. "Unrelated" news? What does related news look like? ;)


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