The Spam Folder Follies

They love my information in the spam comments folder. Apparently, the only thing my web site needs is some help with one of the following: loading in Internet Explorer or compatibility with Safari or help with ways of viewing it on a phone browser, but otherwise, my posts have “great information” and my writing is “useful,” according to Spam commenters.

Oh! and no one can ever find this web site. “Disgrace on the sseek engines for nott positioning this submit upper,” one recent comment (December 8) declared. At least, I think this has something to do with that. The writer seems to be offering help with search engine optimization (SEO), which no one actually understands but many claim to.

Anyone who has read Madeleine L’Engle’s novel A Wrinkle in Time may appreciate the above comment’s inadvertent resemblance to the character Mrs. Which’s statements: “I ffindd itt verry ttirinngg, andd wee hhave mmuch ttoo ddoo.”

Sticky consonant keyboard keys seem to be a frequent problem in the Spam folder. “Hope yyou gget the problem resolved soon. Many thanks| Thiss iis a tkpic that’s near to my heart… Many thanks!” someone else in my Spam comments folder effuses.

Almost every real, live (and real-life) reader of this web site has been hugely complimentary about it and the work here for the entire three years or so that I have been doing this. You want to know who is the worst commentator here? Me. You’re looking at him. (When I’m pointing at myself, every finger is pointed at me.)

I am about a month behind extending simple thank yous to everyone. Some people (Ken Chawkin, Mrs. AngloSwiss, several others) sometimes take the time to write long comments, almost as long as the post that inspired it. I am a month behind, because 2016 felt like it was 400 days long starting sometime in June.

But compliments that are not connected to anything are the bon-bons of the comments folder. Someone posing as Sammy Davis Jr. wrote this to me:

Excellent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you’re just too wonderful.
I actually like what you have acquired here, certainly
like what you’re saying and the way in which you say it.
You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it smart.
I cant wait to read much more from you. This is actually a tremendous website.

That comment was connected to a pharmaceutical ad. They all seem to be. Well, except for the online casino Spam comments. One of those wrote me: “I found simply the information and facts I already searched throughout the place and simply couldn’t run into. What an ideal website.”

What an ideal comment.

The WordPress Daily Prompt for December 15 asks us to reflect on the word, “Folly.”

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