And it is a useful analogy - there in the cafe, it was impossible for the "woman" to get a meal without spam, so, too, it is impossible to blog without spam.
Spam, spam, spam, spam....
Now I haven't received THAT many spam comments - not like my friend Crooked Stamper, who has been commenting a lot on commenting that's spam, and wondering the great question that humans must ask: why?
(I think I got an eggs, bacon, spam, and sausage - it sounds like she got a spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, bacon, spam, spam order. And really, shouldn't she be happy? I mean who doesn't like bacon? Don't they say it goes with EVERYTHING? ;) )
Blogger is pretty good at catching spam. I admit it, now that I've seen a few, it follows a well-pat formula. And I try to avoid, myself, inadvertently following its formula when I leave my own comments now.
When I first started my blog, I took all the security precautions, while trying to open it up as much as I could. You can leave anonymous comments on here. Partly that was because my friend Robin was the only one reading for awhile, and it made it easier for her to appear as if she were many people! ;) But I can respect the need / desire for one - particularly when first commenting - to be anonymous. (And if I couldn't, well, then, we'd have a whole lot of other issues here, now wouldn't we?)
So, I have allowed anonymous commenting. But, early on, I turned on captcha. At least it would filter out the spam. Ha ha! Gotcha! It's like having sex with many partners but wearing an industrial strength condom. Or so I'd think - since really, I know very little about condoms, and what little I have heard is that none are "industrial strength". But I digress.
When I started to first get readers other than Robin, one of them politely mentioned that I'd snag MORE fish if I turned off captcha. Is that more, then, like having an IUD, so that the boys don't need to wear a raincoat? Wait - this analogy is going way south! Sorry...
Although, let's face it, Spam is a lot like an STD. More like that than an unwanted pregnancy, although, I do think that once the schemers have found you, they don't let you go. I have two posts that were found early on by the Ukrainians - they are my top two most popular posts - and I have NO idea what they get from that post. I wonder, sometimes, if some spammer has used MY two posts on ADD as an address for spam to someone else. Given the inordinate amount of traffic to those posts, and the dearth - dry desert - of comments... I dunno.. something's going on there.
However, I wanted more fish (goodness, those mixed metaphors) so I turned off captcha a long time ago. And have even given the advice to a few other blooming bloggers.
This morning, in my e-mail box, I received a comment from Anonymous. I have learned - mostly - not to get too excited when I see a comment from Anonymous - I have learned that 9 times out of 10, it's spam. And the spam folks are often quite creative. It's a vague enough comment, often complimentary - soothing to the ego - followed by a polite, hey check out my website, and a link. When Crooked Stamper finds out exactly what spammers get from this phishing (Hey, isn't that clever how it all circles back around, again? ;) ) she'll let me know, although I assume they get paid per click just like legitimate advertisers. It's things like "Really great article... For more you should catch my friend's article...<insert link here>." And if any of you have the answers for my friend Crooked Stamper, please feel free to leave them below - but, um, leave off your really helpful website, 'kay? 'Kay...
Now Blogger is a really good IUD, it seems. Er, I mean, it's a really good filter for spam. I honestly think that everything it's caught was spam, and everything it allowed to be published is not. My first spam I scratched my head, but trusted Blogger's experience, and now that I have seen several more, I know with certainty it was right.
But today's e-mailed spam comment made me laugh given the nature of it, and given that I *don't* use captcha, and that Blogger is pretty easy to set up with it. Oh, and that the comment, asking a question and looking for an answer, was anonymous.
Hi there! I know this is somewhat off topic but
I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment
form? I'm using the same blog platform as yours and I'm having difficulty finding one?
Thanks a lot!
Followed by a "My Page is..."
So, Mr. or Ms. Anonymous - here's the answer to your question: Blogger has an interface for captcha so you don't need to install a plug-in. :)
Glad I could help.
Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam... really - do click on the link above and have a moment's smile with Monty Python and the gang... It truly is amusing spam.