“This website is something that is required on the web, someone with some originality!”

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.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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3 Responses to “This website is something that is required on the web, someone with some originality!”

  1. Renard Moreau says:

    [ Smiles ] Once we are are blogging, we will always encounter the occasional spam.


  2. Wow! It’s everywhere. Please send your email address immediately to the poor guy in Nigeria who will give you a million dollars… lol


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