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What’s spam and what isn’t?

Posted by joeabbott on June 21, 2009

Well, probably due to my n00b status on blogging, but I just got to enjoy spending 30 minutes wading through a bunch of comments and trying to decide if they were really spam or not.

Some was obvious … the items that contained graphics, lots of links, what appeared to be code-generated email names or web sites. Easy to weed that.

Then there were the other group (or in my case, one entry) that was sincere and, even though from someone I didn’t know when an email address that could be an advertisement (something like “yardworker”), it was about a post I did on my yard and reasonable to believe that it was interesting enough to them to drop a note. Nice.

Then there were the innoculous comments that could apply to any posting. Did someone really read my piece and comment? Well, with a little work I decided “no” but, I may have tossed out genuine comments. That is, if someone thought that my post on climbing into a whiteout on Mt. Rainier was “thought provoking”; that the post on my back yard was good enough to merit a “I’m following your writing … keep up the good work”; or the general “nice piece” comments were meaningful responses.

In the end, I chucked all but one of them and was happy Word Press is employing the Akismet tool to keep my posts spam-free.

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