Patterico's Pontifications

3/17/2008

A Funny Spam Comment

Filed under: Humor — Patterico @ 8:28 pm



Today, an awesome spam comment on this post showed up in my spam filter. I did not approve the spam comment because I don’t want to help the spammer publicize his link — but the content of the spam comment was funny, so I am reproducing the comment in its entirety.

This particular spam comment was of the variety that takes some personal effort. [UPDATE: Actually, not necessarily. As a commenter notes, it could well be the work of a robot.] In an apparent attempt to avoid having his comment look like spam, the spammer sandwiches a quote of mine in between phrases of praise. However, as it happens, the quote of mine that he was praising was so lame on its face that the praise comes off as bitter sarcasm.

Here is the spam comment:

Good post. You make some great points that most people do not fully understand.

“I’m unable to keep updating on this story throughout the morning, as I’m off to work, so I suggest you follow the updating machine: Allah. He is currently saying that CNBC has the same story. CNBC says the resignation will happen today at 11 a.m. Eastern. It’s to become effective Monday.”

I like how you explained that. Very helpful. Thanks.

You’re welcome!

4 Responses to “A Funny Spam Comment”

  1. Very insightful.
    I especially like the tone.
    All blogs should do this.
    Great example you are setting here.
    Really, I mean that sincerely.
    All the best, from your friend —
    Beldar

    Beldar (433d17)

  2. Probably a bot, actually. Grab a (or the last) paragraph from the post, filter out common blogger prefix text that would give the show away (like the ‘UPDATE: ‘ part), wrap with quotes and your own vague boilerplate text and post with the spam URL.

    But in this case, funny, like MadLibs.

    Eric E. Coe (662cd3)

  3. My favorite spam comment ever occurred last week when the spambot pingbacked and informed me that I had written a very “oberservative” post. I mean, if a robot can’t spell, who can? This one might top that.

    paul zummo (d0d9ff)

  4. Beldar #1,

    I found that in the spam filter. Very, very funny — but even you can’t fool P’s spam filter!

    DRJ (a431ca)


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