Things other people have written that have amused me


I occasionally post things I've written that have amused other people, but today I'm going to share something Betsy Aoki wrote that amused me. On one of our internal mailing lists, somebody wondered why we don't use email spam filters to attack comment spam and trackback spam. My point was that the goal of email spam is very different from the goals of comment spam and trackback spam:

  • Email spam is about tricking the recipient into reading your message.
  • Comment spam is about tricking search engines into giving a higher ranking to the pages you link to.
  • Trackback spam is about stealing somebody else's content and republishing it, with the intent of driving traffic to your fake site and generate advertising revenue.

I concluded with the remark, "I am not aware of any email spam that takes messages that I wrote and forwards them back to me."

Betsy replied, "I encounter this all the time. It's called working at Microsoft."

Comments (9)
  1. John says:

    I suppose it’s fitting that the first comment would be trackback spam.

  2. Tom says:

    I think someone just has a high opinion of their humor skills.

  3. I find it amusing that no one has commented on Raymond’s use of Microspeak at the top of the blog.  Freakin’ hilarious.

  4. Worf says:

    @Kevin:

    It’s a link. Click it.

    Looks like Raymond has to wrap that up with arrows and blink tags saying "LINK HERE!!! CLICK IT!!!"

  5. Yeah, it’s a link now.  It wasn’t last week.  You gonna slap me around for not manually looking up the original post for which the blurb was originally intended before it was linked?

    @@

    [It has always been a link. I just didn’t underline it originally because the underline is ugly. -Raymond]
  6. SuperKoko says:

    "

    Comment spam is about tricking search engines into giving a higher ranking to the pages you link to.

    "

    Not always. I’ve seen lot of comment spam promoting a product, targeted at human people, sometimes without anchor (A element) to the promoted site.

  7. @Raymond [It has always been a link. I just didn’t underline it originally because the underline is ugly.]

    Perhaps give it a faint dotted underline or something?

  8. scorpion007 says:

    Indeed, the underline is much too strong and ugly…

    I’d prefer no underline, or perhaps something more subtle like what Gordon suggested.

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