I apologize for not having time to write more often. It is hard to do so when I spend most of my time deleting spam comments.
If you have never been an administrator for a web site – even as small as this one is – you’d be amazed at the volume and wide range of comments being offered to my articles.
Some just go for the sell. They offer their products, plain and simple. I like those honest and direct approaches. I see them for what they are, and can delete them without a second thought.
Others go for flattery. They tell me how much they admire my work, and want to know if I write professionally (Really? You liked “Would you like to take a survey?” that much?!). They hope that I will continue expounding on the topic (especially popular is “Dear Senator (hic) yew r stup ud sissy… (hic)”), asking me to continue writing additional articles about it, and they promise to bookmark my page. I can usually spot when they are fake, but occasionally they seem pretty sincere. A few times, I have actually went to check them out to see if they are really linking to me. One tax attorney said he would blogroll me on his site, but I could not find the link when I went there. However, an automotive website linked to a new post of mine within a couple minutes after it appeared, and they did indeed have a link back to my site. Our topics were completely unrelated, and as I looked further, I found that they linked to just about every other WordPress powered site in the world-wide-web too. Then my ego was deflated again. Sure that they were just looking for a “ping-back” I deleted their comments too.
The latest effort though is to tell me jokes. So far, the jokes have been clean and funny.
Where does a one-armed man shop? At a second hand store.
What do you call a bunch of dancing pebbles? The “Rock”ettes.
Who is Dracula’s favorite person on the baseball team? The bat boy!
What do you call a bee born in May? A Maybe.
What did Adam say on the day before Christmas? It’s Christmas, Eve!
What do you get if you cross a setter and a pointer? A pointsetter.
When a girl slips on the ice, why can’t her brother help her up? Because he can’t be a brother and assist her too.
Why do Vampire have to brush their teeth? Because they have Bat-Breath.
There – now I suspect that the spam bots are looking for those jokes to be posted, and when they see them, they will send more spam. (So I hope you enjoyed them, because I just created more work for me)
Anyway, that is just one interesting aspect from behind the scenes of a web site.