BTYM Back Talk

Since there’s very little in the way of actual conversation going on at BTYM, we’ve decided to start talking back to our most loyal group of readers: spambots.

The spambots are — with very little exception — always very complimentary, thankfully, like this one from a robot with the colorful name Phalen5906:

“I like this web blog very much, Its a really nice spot to read and find info . “A fair exterior is a silent recommendation.” by Publilius Syrus.”

Phalen5906 not only issues the ubiquitous generic compliment about our website, he/she even sneaks in a nice, albeit confusing quote at the end. We’re not even sure Publilius Syrus is a real person.

Usually the spambot makes it clear that they’re not just any old random commenter. No sir, they are regulars to the blog! They make it known, naturally with questionable use of the English language:

“Great write-up, I am normal visitor of one’s web site, maintain up the excellent operate, and It’s going to be a regular visitor for a long time.”

Well, OK. I mean that’s good I suppose. Thanks?

Of course, the point of these spam comments is to jam in a bunch of links to whatever they’re ostensibly advertising. Needless to say they almost never reference the content of whatever article their spamming, and I’m not even sure such a capability is built into their programming. Take Amy for example:

“Ikea Furniture Assembly”

Now, what exactly is Amy trying to tell us with this contextless phrase? That Ikea furniture is assembled…that that is a thing? It is. She’s right about that. Maybe it’s that she is trapped under an Ikea bookshelf, and her chosen outlet for help is typing with the only two free fingers…and she goes straight to BTYM?

Sometimes they’re not alone:

“Rattling nice design and excellent articles, very little else we want :D .”

I guess we’re doing something right.

Finally, other times they’re just blatantly robots, which…I respect I have to say:

“I was examining some of your articles on this site and I conceive this site is very informative ! Retain posting.”



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