I really, really hate spam.
Not SPAM®, mind you. I like SPAM®. It's one of Hormel's fine products.
But spam, I don't like.
Okay, spam is technically unsolicited email. And I'm talking about comments (or TrackBacks) that are unrelated to the post of a blog. Like this little blog. We often, though incorrectly, call that spam.
So, it's spam.
And here's why.
There's this "Daniel" (188.8.131.52) that sends little comments out. They are essentially the same comment, with slight variation. And, by looking at the pattern, it's obvious that it's not a real comment.
For example, recently "Daniel" left this comment on my post, "Thinking Different":
I have to say, that I could not agree with you in 100% regarding Thinking Different, but it's just my opinion, which could be wrong
Now, there may be times that such a comment would be real. But that post isn't one of those times.
And "Daniel" sends these to lots of posts. Lots and lots of posts. And not just on this little blog, but at other blogs as well.
So, what's up?
Well, one of two things.
Either "Daniel" doesn't know much about anything ... in which case he's the biggest dumbass that every sat at a keyboard ... or he's sending fake comments.
I'm willing to agree that "Daniel" is a dumbass. No argument from me about that.
But I think he's sending fake comments, whether or not he's a dumbass.
So, why is "Daniel" sending fake comments?
He's trying to find a way past spam filters.
Well, "Daniel" knows that if a popular spam filter will let him through, he will be able to send all kinds of comments ... and TrackBacks ... to posts.
And those comments will be spam.
Yes, "Daniel" is sending pre-spam. He's testing the waters.
But Akismet, the spam filter we use here at this little blog, and that many other blogs use, catches the stuff that "Daniel" is sending.
Because "Daniel" wants to send spam.
"Daniel" is a bad person. He should be beat with a stick. Until the stick breaks. And then a new stick obtained and the procedure repeated.
But I am reassessing my opinion of "Daniel."
I'm not so sure he's a dumbass.
I think he's just an ass.