Thursday, April 26, 2007

Thanks for Stopping By (But Don't Come Again)

Since I got rid of word verification, I’ve been visited occasionally by anonymous commenters who say encouraging, but weirdly self-parodic things like "What a great site," "Nice info," or "Keep it up." Sometimes they ask oddly irrelevant questions like "Where did you find it?" while other times they appear to speak English as a second language: "You have an outstanding good and well structured site." (Is "outstanding" meant to be an adverb in that sentence? Or is there just a missing comma?)

I appreciate a good compliment, especially on older posts (these anonymous visitors have a special preference for my first month or two of blogging). But do they really think I won’t notice that their comments are punctuated by links to cheap Ritalin and transvestite lingerie?

As a public service to these pleasant and honey-tongued folks, I’d like to point out that if I were to seek liposuction, I’d be wary of any place that promises to do it for free (and I’d recommend that my readers do the same).

These comments are not without their uses, though, even if they are a little too niche-specific. If anyone is looking for Catholic license plate frames, for instance, or has food allergies related to enlarged taste buds, I am now in a position to give you a heads up on where to go.

28 comments:

Bon said...

nice post, i agree (teen sexx) compleetly.

just kidding. i get them too. and they're never offering things i want. :)

try Akismet as a spam block..

Alpha DogMa said...

I have word verification turned off, but block anonymous posters and so far have gone below the radar for the Spammeisters.
*knock on wood*
My happy thought for the day will be, "Things may be a bit sucky right now but at least I have no need to advertise my spirituality on my bumper or have sloppy sized taste buds."

Blog Antagonist said...

Uh, yeah. These spammers really irritate me because they aren't terribly clever and they assume WE aren't terribly clever. I turned mine back on after getting a few of those. I think spammers are the scourge of the earth.

nomotherearth said...

Why am I always getting offers for viagra? Do they know something that I don't??

Mr. B&P said...

Hey, come on now. I have to make a living somehow.

cce said...

I'm sorta jealous...I must really be flying below the radar if I haven't gotten any good spam yet. Though I do have my own blog troll and there was that weird comment from some Joe-person saying, "I'm going to find you." Yikes.

Mouse said...

Even with word verification, I've gotten a couple of those comments.

And I have to admit, as much as my troll from a few weeks ago bugged me, it felt a bit like I'd hit some milestone.

slouching mom said...

The ones I get that crack me up go something like this:

Dear Miss Slouching Mom,

Your site is good. Please visit my site and leave a comment!

Because someone dropped by once and wrote one word meant to be perceived by me as a compliment but instead perceived by me as exceedingly vague and negated by the aforementioned one visit lasting 6 seconds, I am supposed to comment on an as yet unknown site?

That just doesn't compute.

Kyla said...

Do I have word verification on? I don't even know anymore. I turned it on after one to many offers to enlarge the penis I do not have...but I think I may have turned it off at some point.

You are so clever and witty B&P.

Suz said...

I have word verification on, but it drives me a little batty. Typing words like "jsuuriups" and "zuirlsw" takes a little more coordination than I happen to have.

Lisa b said...

So where do we get the Catholic License plate covers?
The Church is spamming you?
I am not even sure what to say.

Robbin said...

Ah. That's why I love Wordpress. Akismet spam-filters on the comment posting. It rarely ever misses.

NotSoSage said...

Free liposuction?! Hook me up, B&P!

If you blog it, they will spam, I suppose.

Mimi said...

I'm intrigued by how they bury the ad in nonsense, because it fools the computer, if not the people. Sigh.

Mad Hatter said...

Fear the jinx, fear the jinx.

So far, I'm immune.

I should not have said that, right?

Sandi said...

I put the word verification on because my daughter told me to! Had no idea it was so useful. Although I was getting sorta used to offers to "make your rod drag the ground" that I used to get in my e-mail.

flutter said...

She will love you more than any other guy! vviiaaggrraa!

Rock the Cradle said...

I only got hit once (actually 3 times, same post, same message), and that was enough.

On went the word verification.

Not important enough to have a troll, though. I must not be doing something right. Like, possibly, posting regularly? Heh.

mcewen said...

Ah yes. I suspect it's a two fold issue. Some of them [advertising] you can usually spot [I get them on two particular {old} posts and I have no idea why?]
I think there is also another group - new bloggers - they read for a while trying to get up the boldness, but really know quite what to say / are afraid of being foolish so they just write something non committal - sort of evidence that they did actually visit [which is nice].
We won't mention the huge percentage that read, lurk, never comment.......different breed altogether.
Cheers

theflyingmum said...

OK, good, cuz I've been wondering about this too. Though my weird comment person wasn't "anonymous", he was from, Kerala, India, and not a mommy blogger. In fact when I linked to his site, the current post was about raising snakes...

Julie Pippert said...

Oh wow...I took down word verification back when it was causing so much trouble with the switchover and was (and am) pleasantly surprised to get none of that stuff (which is why I put it up in the first place).

I don't allow anonymous, I think.

I wonder how I have escaped?

But don't want to look the gift horse in the mouth or curse myself too much.

That kind of thing stinks.

Jenifer said...

My verification must be still on since I don't get any of this...off to check.

I like how you looked for the bright side!

Occidental Girl said...

That's funny. I love the random comments. You can never have enough of the inexplicable injected into your day.

Lawyer Mama said...

I flirt with taking word verification off because it's caused so many hang ups on my site in the past but I fear the spam. And blog trolls are scary!

Catherine said...

Ah yes. I actually turned my word verification on because DURING LABOR I checked my blog/email (yes, i realize this is a sign of serious addiction, but I was in labor for 37.5 hours, for crying out loud; this was obviously before it got really bad) and saw that I had over 200 of those nice comments. It seemed so ironic that this happened while I was in labor for some reason....

DaniGirl said...

You might consider switching to haloscan.com for comments. (I'm not on the payroll, I swear!) I almost never get spam comments, and I love the way comments are controlled through the dashboard.

The only drawback is that I think you'd overlay your existing comments and it would be a shame to lose those...

Jamie said...

What a relief. I knew you would pull through for me in the Catholic license plate department.

Jamie

luckyzmom said...

I have never had word veification on my blog and have only gotten one comment that I deleted.