Uh . . . right. How dumb do the spammers think we are? Pretty darn, apparently.
I’ll admit to feeling a little rush of happiness when I saw I had a new comment on one of my posts and read these opening lines:
You’re so interesting! I don’t believe I’ve truly read something like that before. So nice to discover somebody with unique thoughts on this subject matter. Really . .
But then I realized how empty the comment was, devoid of any specifics. And the next lines gave it away:
[T]hanks for starting this up. This website is something that is required on the web, someone with originality!
So complimentary! Naturally I was suspicious 🙂
I pasted that last sentence into Google, and guess what? It shows up all over the place, with additional variant forms that employ simple word substitutions (“needed” for “required”; “internet” for “web”).
The nice thing about WordPress is that most spam goes straight to the spam folder. I never even have to see it, although I do check now and then to make sure someone legit hasn’t gotten shuffled over there by mistake, which has happened before. Because I moderate all comments, I see and approve everything before it goes up. The downside is that people responding to a post don’t have the satisfaction of seeing their remarks go live immediately.
But the upside is that I can catch nonsense like this before it can establish a presence on my blog pages. Like some kind of insidious fungus.