Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I Guess a Little Flattery Is Supposed to Help

I was aware that Google Blogger has an automatic spam dump for questionable comments, but I finally went and took a look at it. It's amazing what some people will do to get a mention of their product's website into a blog. These are posts that I never see, since they go automatically into the spam dump before I even get a chance to "yea" or "nay" them.

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These are just the first four. There are lots more, over 100 of them, all pretty much in this vein. Oh, and the question marks? They represent non-standard characters, mostly Russian from the looks of them, that don't transfer over in the cut-and-paste process. Other misspellings, etc., are in the original.

I know I might be missing some legitimate posts with this process, but I guess I can learn to live with that. But if you ever post a comment that doesn't show up -- I approve pretty much everything I get, even things that are critical of me (especially the ones that are personal attacks on me) -- this is probably the reason.