Wednesday, September 10, 2008

These are our (automated) readers

HaloScan is excellent at screening most spam, but every once in a while the bots put one past the goalie.

You know the saying: better to fisk one message than to curse the spambots - or, something. In any case, it's an opportunity for mockery advancing the dialogue, in order to get a cheap laugh further understanding and easy post, woo hoo! build bridges.

Hi, I am the webmaster of [redacted].

Oh dear, a snag right off. I can't post the link, you know. It defeats the purpose of erasing your spam comment and moc- whoops, advancing our dialogue.

I find your blog very interesting to read.

Thanks! Which were your favorite parts?

Your way of writing can magnet and lure a lot of visitors/readers.

Obviously, it wasn't the grammar parts.

Would you be able to write about our product after visiting our site?

Would you be able to write about our posts after visiting ours?

Or if you have a friend who is interested to try our product, we can send you one.

Aw... they want to send me a friend. Now I kind of feel bad about doing this.

From this, you can gain insights and share your friend's experience to us.

First insight - what, exactly, is this product? I've got a funny feeling that the product is a keylogger or some other malware designed to defraud visitors of their money and identity. Let's save time and say that our friend's experience would be unrepeatable in polite company, and go from there.

I would really be interested to know if you would be able to post your findings/review in your blog, it may be a positive or negative one, with links to our site.

Glad to oblige!

Regards, [completely generic name], [some email]

This much I'll do for you, Generic Name. The ISP address from your comment is, which checks out as coming from the Philippines. There's nothing better to do in the Philippines at 2-ish in the morning than to spam obscure blogs?


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