Missing Letter Monday No “Q” – Randomly Spam

Published September 25, 2017 by Iphis of Scyros

So, I have nothing to talk about today because the book report I was going to write today has the forbidden letter right there in the freakin’ title (despite that it’s one of the least-used letters in the English language!) so I thought I’d talk about a weird trend I’ve been seeing in spam comments in the last, I dunno, six months or so?

Formerly, all spam generally fell into two categories:  spam that was pretending to be random comments and spam that was directly trying to sell me on their advertising services for the products they for some reason think I’m selling.  (Seriously, if they’re trying to target businesses, why are they sending their spambots to blogs?  Most blogs are not advertising products for sale.)  Well, that and the more direct lists of links, but the spam filter trashes those right away without bothering to send them to the spam folder, so they don’t really count.

Now, I have never really understood the point of the random comment ones.  They don’t contain links, and even the e-mails, fake user IDs, and URLs don’t always contain any indication of trying to move a product or get people to go to some site where they’ll pick up a virus, or whatever it is that the people behind spambots usually want.  But usually one of those three factors would have something obvious, like they’d put the name of a product as their user name, or the URL would be to a store page.  (There have always been make-me-laugh things about those random comment ones, of course.  Like the ones talking about “great paragraph” or “so much informative” on a post on my dolly blog that consists exclusively of a photograph and zero words.  Or the one today that was talking about “I passed this on to a colleague who is doing some research on this” on not a post (despite that it started with “nice post”) but a page which listed some of the dolls I would someday love to add to my collection.)

This new trend, though, it’s really weird.

It’s in the form of snippets cut from a bizarre narrative about the most unnatural family in the known universe, who sit around talking about what makes God happy as if it was the most fun and exciting game in the history of ever.  Now, I admit I don’t know many deeply religious people.  (Possibly not any.)  But I guarantee that even in the most religious family in the modern world, little children don’t get all thrilled at the idea of talking about what makes God happy, or what the best thing about God is.

What actually bothers — even worries — me is the fact that this nonsense is being spammed onto my blog.  Because as anyone will note who has read a lot of my posts, I am not religious.  My views on religion are thus:  there must be some being of vast cosmic power to have set up the laws of science and set the Big Bang in motion, but our puny human minds could never comprehend such an awesome power, so all religions are by necessity largely incorrect, and we should just focus on trying to be nice to each other, and not worry about the mystical cosmic stuff that’s out of our hands anyway, though of course “trying to be nice to each other” includes respecting other people’s religious views, so I don’t expect anyone to agree with me, and I want them to accept that I don’t necessarily agree with them.  So with my lackadaisical, live-and-let-live policy on religious beliefs, seeing these…I don’t even know what to call them.  I don’t think they’re actually religiously motivated, more like trying to take advantage of people who are religious?  Whatever they are, it makes me uncomfortable finding them in my spam filter.  I mean, do the spambots just target everything with open comment slots, or do they search for words that their programmer thinks will make the person responsible for the page more receptive?  I realize it’s probably the former, but if I was responsible for a spambot, I’d prefer the latter (which makes it a good thing I’m not!).



Yeah, like I said, I have nothing to say.

And my not saying it was delayed by going out and doing things today instead of sitting around writing this post, ’cause IRL always beats out online.


Vocaloid Tarot

Vocaloid, UTAU and Tarot; individually or all-in-one

Matthew Meyer

the yokai guy

Arwen's Butterflies and Things

My BJD creation blog. Here's where my sewing creations and projects are showcased. Some outfits are for sale. Please use the tags & catagories to navigate this blog. I love comments and reviews!

History From Below

Musings on Daily Life in the Ancient and Early Medieval Mediterranean By Sarah E. Bond

The Bloggess

Like Mother Teresa, only better.

My Tiny Joy

Where little things matter!

Klein's Other Toys

Comics, Funko Pops and Anime figures oh my!



Creating Herstory

Celebrating the women who create history

Kicky Resin

BJDs et al

Lala Land


A'Cloth the World

Where Textiles, Fashion, Culture, Communication and Art Come Together.


Occasionally my brain spurts out ideas and this is where I put them

The Social Historian

Adventures in the world of history


Erik Kwakkel blogging about medieval manuscripts

Sara Letourneau

Poet. Freelance editor and writing coach. SFF enthusiast.

Zounds, Alack, and By My Troth

A tragical-comical-historical-pastoral webcomic by Ben Sawyer

Project Doll House

never too old to play with dolls

knotted things

All about the things that I'm all about.

Eclectic Alli

A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.

Omocha Crush

Secret Confessions of a Toy Addict



Onomastics Outside the Box

Names beyond the Top 100, from many nations and eras

Hannah Reads Books

This is an archival site for old posts. Visit hannahgivens.com for art, puppetry, and links to any current media commentary.

Ariel Hudnall

the writings, musings, and photography of a dream smith

Taking a Walk Through History

Walking back in time to discover the origins of every historical route on earth



Pullips and Junk

We're all mad about Pullips here!

Dutch Fashion Doll World

A Dutch Barbie collector in Holland

Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter

Reviews and News From the Doll World

It's a Britta Bottle!

Small Stories of a Twenty-Something Adventuring Through Life


It's all small stuff.

The Photographicalist

Preserving the photographical perspective

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

We're All Mad Here!

<---This Way | . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | That Way--->

WordPress.com News

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: