Human Spam

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 3rd Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/22tyxhbl/
Posted in Wikinut>Writing>Personal Experiences

Where does the human end and the spam begin? Sometimes it's obvious. Other times, it can be harder to tell...

If you follow me on Wordpress,

And if you follow my comments there, then you noticed when a few months ago I took four messages out of my spam filter and replied to them -- just in case they were human. I know some people use their creative blog names for personal as well as public/sales use, and I'm not one to shun free advertising, so long as when someone comes to comment on MY site, there is a certain portion of their comment that is about ME. It's not that I'm egotistical -- though you know I am, because I have a blog, right? -- it's just that I think advertising by pretending to like what someone does is about as effective as -- well, whitening GUMS, to pick on some poor specimen of human spam.

I know, I know -- don't tell me!!

And I know (if anybody cares), that there is a 90% or greater chance that I've invited more human spam by not simply deleting all the spam, and someone will not be able to resist pointing that out to me -- you know who you are. But on the other hand, from my teaching experience, I do have contacts across the globe. They are much nicer than I am, so it stands to reason that they have friends. So incorrect use of English is not an immediate factor to my eliminating someone. And someone from around the globe has as much to add to any discussion as I do. If they are making an effort to speak to me in my language, I owe it to them to try to understand them -- don't I?

But -- wait a minute, Phyl -- even their NAME is SPAMMY-looking!

Names are brands and brands are names and some people are their brand and it goes on and on. A bad moniker is not a reason not to hear what someone has to say. Far be it from me to think that someone won't put me on their list just to have more followers. Aren't I kind of hoping for the same thing? And if my muse of art (with a hat tip to Piers Anthony) dredges up someone else's page of advertisements instead of the other way around -- well, is that really a bad thing?

So what do you do?

Do you have a way you rule out human spam? In the comments section, feel free to share. That way, I'll know you're human... (Not to mention the slight vindication I will feel if you deemed my post worthy of your comment -- "You like me! You really, really like me!" (hat tip to Sally Fields)) ;)

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Spam, Spam Advertising, Spam Bot, Spam Messages

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Jun 2013 (#)

most interesting...thank you Phyl...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
4th Jun 2013 (#)

Thank YOU, cnwriter!

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Jun 2013 (#)

Spamming used to be a major factor on here when I first joined Phyl, every article posted would end up with 4 or 5 spam advertising posts, until Wikinut brought in the delete button and gave us control over it..Interesting take on it though\0/x

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
26th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks, Songbird B!

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