As I’ve written previously, spam can be such a gold mine. Found the following two items in my WordPress spam:
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Both messages were meant as comments on “An embarrassment of riches” which dealt with, coincidentally, spam. If you can work your way around the fractured English, especially in the second message, they appear to be complimentary. Both are spam because they offer easy money. Another giveaway is that although they came in hours apart and purport to be from different people, they are from the same IP address.
I suppose they hoped people would just see the compliments and post the comments on the appropriate blog. I would also suspect they weren’t aware that on WordPress, the sender’s IP address is included in the information available to the blogger. I could have stripped the website address from the compliments then posted them as comments, but I get enough legitimate comments that I don’t need to do that and, it would be misleading. And I’m not that vain.
This will be my last posting of 2012, so I’ll take this opportunity to thank all my followers and readers (whether you leave comments or not). Have a safe and Happy New Year and remember to hug an artist – we need love too. See you in 2013.
One quick question: I noticed my calendar ends tomorrow night. Does that mean December 31, 2012 is Doomsday? 🙂