I say only mildly amusing in the title because there is nothing really amusing about spam – unsolicited commercial mail – at all. What can be amusing is to glance through a few of the examples sent, especially, at the moment, for boots and shoes or even winter clothing, and see how well they sell themselves. Spam is, after all, an attempt to sell a product; a web site.
Now, it is fair to say, many of these sites do not necessarily come from English speaking countries. I count Canada amongst these because it is a two language nation – English and French – although others may well disagree with my assessment. Even so, if someone is going to send out spam mails in English, they should take the time to ensure their automated writing system understands, or is capable of composing, in English. Sudden changes in context, content, subject and so on do nothing to raise the chances of a mail getting through, even at a quick glance.
Equally amusing are the several mails I’ve had recently asking me whether I have a spam problem.
Do you have a spam problem on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was wondering your situation; many of us have developed some nice procedures and we are looking to trade methods with other folks, be sure to shoot me an email if interested.
This is one, another asked me what I use to block spam. Amusing in a sort of painting the kettle black way: a spammer asking me what I use to block his spam so that he can use it himself. The idea that my spam filter is good enough to block his spam and prevent me from even reading it – if I so wish – doesn’t seem to have filtered through.
No one needs to trade methods to block spam these days, the blacklists are so complete it is unbelievable. And when a known spammer suddenly decides to turn and become a good Internet user, they discover that their record follows them; they are still a spammer and blacklisted for the rest of eternity. Once a spammer, the creed goes, always a spammer. And that, in my simple, humble opinion, is exactly the way it should be.
Love & Kisses, Viki.