Warning. This is not family-friendly.
The other day, I was complaining about spam. Not SPAM®, but spam. UCE. Junk mail. And junk comments. And junk TrackBack pings. And such.
I don't like it. Not at all.
There are actually several things about it that I don't like. One of which is the fact that I don't understand it.
Let me explain.
I do understand some of the comment and TrackBack spam. It's some often some a**hole wanting free links.
Well, that doesn't really make a lot of sense. I guess they think that it's okay. Well, it's not. It's rude. Of course, if they weren't raised properly, they have no sense of such things as "rude" so it might not be their fault. It's their sorry excuse for parents' fault.
No, that's not right. There are plenty of people that were raised in difficult situations by sorry excuses for parents that turned out just fine. So it is their fault. They are rude and they are a**holes.
And Akismet and Spam Karma take care of them.
And that's the other thing about spammers that I don't understand.
I see repeat spam attempts. Do they think if they send the same spam again and again and it gets caught again and again that suddenly it will get through?
What's that saying? That a sign of insanity is trying the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results? Something like that. Anyway, it makes me wonder about someone who gets caught again and again by the spam filters and expects to get through.
If you don't get through the first time, you won't get through the second. Or the third. Or the one hundredth.
I just don't understand it. Unless spammers are rude and stupid.
Hey, that's a possibility!
Then there's the experimenter. Or I guess that's what they're doing.
They send the spam that's just a bunch of random (or apparently random) characters, often including links to non-existent sites. I suspect they're trying different experiments to see what gets through.
Apparently, they don't understand that if one blog running Akismet or Spam Karma catches them, all blogs running Akismet or Spam Karma will catch them. And this little blog runs both.
And what if they do get through? If the random characters are what it takes to get through, what can they do with it?
One in particular are one person from Fox News. Well, the hits come from Fox in New York. They happen all the time. Always links to a Fox News story, like the one I decided to let through the other day. They usually send a fake email address. Which, of course, violates comment policy. They used a different email address this time. Which didn't immediately bounce. So I let it through. But mentioned that they don't get the joke.
Headline News stories are jokes. I'm making fun of the headlines. It's like they think it's a wrapup of important or interesting news items. It's not. It's a wrapup of headlines that I can make jokes about. Lame jokes, but jokes.
I guess it's my fault that they don't understand it's a joke. If I told better jokes, they'd get it. Maybe. I'm thinking the person is just a dumbass with no sense of humor. At least, that's the impression I'm getting. Just my luck it's one of those smokin' hot babes from Fox News and I'm blowing my opportunity.
Which, in case the Wife is reading ... I'm joking. You know my sense of humor is really bad. Just ask the smokin' hot Fox News babes. Like Brian Kilmeade.
Anyway, it's spam. And I don't understand that kind of spammer.
Then there are the pervs.
The ones that send spam to all different kinds of sites. Usually porn sites.
These spammers actually fall under the other types I mentioned earlier. They aren't getting through and keep trying. They are rude, stupid ... and perverts.
Well, I guess I do understand the thrill in looking at nekkid pictures. I really got a thrill out of that.
When I was 13.
But I don't "get" some of the porn stuff that's going around today. Like one that came in recently with a link to a French AOL site. The topic? "Lesbians pissing".
Really. "Lesbians pissing" was the topic.
Now, that I don't understand. Sure, lesbians need to piss. We all do. And some people get a thrill out of watching others urinate. Urophilia, maybe? Or "watersports."
Okay, I understand that some people get a thrill out of that. I also understand that some people get a thrill out of lesbians. Which explains Howard Stern, but not much else.
But what's the deal with getting a thrill out of someone pissing ... but only if they are a lesbian? If the chick letting it go happened to like guys, it's no longer a thrill?
I don't get it.
And I don't get spammers.
They're rude, immature, perverted a**holes.
And they probably voted for John Kerry.