Help me out here please. I recently received a message in my wordpress spam folder which I am not sure is really spam. It sounds to me like someone really liked my post and just wants to compliment me on it. I’m going to reprint it verbatim below, the way it came in. It turns out that the sender is a Baltimore Ravens fan and if you go to the address of the sender it takes you to a website selling Ravens’ football jerseys. OK. I know he probably just wants to sell some jerseys, but his compliment to me was so sincere, so eloquent, so from the heart, that I just might buy out his entire stock, even though I’m a Philadelphia Eagles fan. Am I too easy? Am I just a pushover for a friendly word? You be the judge. Here it is:
“Substantially, prefer to is because of reality the freshest on that laudable topic. Certainly with each of your conclusions and may also eagerly make use of your forthcoming updates. Saying thanks aren’t able to basically be all that’s necessary, on your wonderful clarity in your writing. I want to certainly right away grab your feed despite the a type of updates. Genuine work and far success in the industry endeavors!”
To help you in your decision, let’s look at it closer:
First, the laudable topic he was referring to was my page “My immutable laws of politics.” I couldn’t agree with him more. You know what I always say: “keep it freshest and keep it reality.”
I’m a little perplexed by the next sentence because I wasn’t planning on making any eager updates to my conclusions, either forthcoming or otherwise. I may have to rethink that.
Next, he gets a little maudlin (who wouldn’t) regarding the clarity of my writing. Thank you just isn’t enough for him. It sounds like he wants to sacrifice his first-born to show his appreciation. I’m flattered, but that’s not really necessary.
I admit I was put off by the next part, where he wants to grab my food. At first I thought it was because my updates weren’t forthcoming enough. Then it occurred to me that he probably wants to taste test it to make sure none of the other wordpress bloggers poison me. You know, because they’re jealous of the laudable clarity of my writing. What a guy!
In the last sentence he just plain lets it all hang out. Only a selfless, well-meaning person would wish someone else far success. And here I was, just hoping for a little near success. I’m selling myself short when I could easily have genuine work in industry endeavors. How many of you can say that?
Well, mull it over and let me know what you think. In the meantime, here’s what I wrote back to this fine person:
“Thanking for you to increase your topical reading. Having my updating conclusions to be clarity. Wonderful thanks in grabbing my laudable food. My endeavors for genuine work success will be thanks for you. Please to have many Ravens jerseys on my mail. Substantially, your pal, Al.”
An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was performing a little analysis on this. And he in truth purchased me breakfast due to the fact I located it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I really feel strongly about it and really like reading even more on this topic. If possible, as you develop into expertise, would you mind updating your weblog with far more details? It is highly helpful for me. Massive thumb up for this blog post!
Spam for breakfast! Why didn’t I think of that!.
I copied this from one of my fans, he/she recommends NFL Jerseys apparently
Your reply was the cleverest comment I’ve read on a post in a long time. I’m laughing until tears come out. Can I send you my spammers for a good word-whoopin’?
Thank you Barb. Feel free to send ’em my way. No spammer too illiterate to be mocked!
Seriously, thanks for visiting and I’ve been over to see you. I really think I’m going to like your style!
Just like the SPAM you buy on your grocery shelf, this SPAM is a jumble of semi-recognizable ingredients, just put together in random, but (for some) delicious order.
Another thing in common; they both leave a bad taste in your mouth.
I believe I received nearly the same message but ’twas from a Chicago Bears enthusiast. One would think they could do a better job of identifying loyalties since they are so obviously mesmerized by our posts.
My spammer must be more sports savvy, his team made the playoffs at least.
Fair dinkums Al…I love to read all my spam as some of them are so obviously written by people who cannot speak or write English. Some are funny and some are stupid. I have replied to a couple that I thought were serious but on the whole its a load of ”custard, red, apples and peaches”
Fair Dinkums? You British folk are always sending me to the dictionary. But I love all the phrases. I just wish I could remember them long enough to use them myself.
Definitely spam, but what fun! Love your reply.
Thanks Tilly Bud. The worst part is, this is one of the more understandable spam comments!
I think it’s real. It’s written by a man who doesn’t know English but is composing it by using an English – Russian dictionary. His name is Peggy.
Do you think he has the same father as the boy named Sue? (sorry Johnny)
I think it is really neat how you worked laudable and maudlin into this post. I love wordplay. Dianne
Yeah, I’m a big fan of words with au in them. That’s why I’m glad that you applaud them.
Might not be spam but it sure starts out like balogna! Happy New Year to all and that’s no chaff!
Thanks Mike. By the way, I ordered a dozen Raven’s jerseys to be sent to your house. You’ll be billed later. Happy New Year.
I don’t know..the part where he wants to certainly right away grab your feed makes me nervous. Did the return address happen to be a prison?
You might be right. Isn’t that where the NFL contracts to have team jerseys made? What size do you wear? Might as well start thinking about Christmas 2012.
With matching license plate!
Well I’m no spam judge, but it sounds a bit fishy to me. 🙂
I had a similar comment on my “About Jodi” page, I let it stew in the spam folder for a while because it really did sound sincere.
“Like you, I am a total softie for animals… if I ever hit the lottery, I am buying a huge farm where all the unwanted doggies can come to play!
I found you by surfing around..came original from Mom Blog Society, and then found the giveaway you are part of… and think it is great you are all doing this for our furry friends. Our home is blesses with the sweetest yellow lab alive, Max, and his little partner-in-crime, Madison, who is a curly white fluffball…bichon and cockapoo, but she looks more like a sheep:)”
She had another sentence in her comment referring to her friend “Andrew” and his toner supply company. Since it did seem like she had put some thought into her comment, I removed reference to her friend and approved the comment.
I’m thinking that isn’t an option for you in this instance since he really makes no sense. 🙂
Hey Jodi. I think your reader’s comment is spam also. They like to gain your confidence with some friendly chat and then hit you with the sales pitch.
There’s no question this guy is a spammer trying to sell jerseys but I can’t figure out what translator program he is using. It’s totally nuts. He’s from a Eastern Bloc country I imagine.
I have found the wordpress spam program to be very reliable, to their credit.