Fried Spam

Have any of you bloggers noticed a trend of late?

As in ….  more spam?

More hostile comments so nonsensical and poorly written that they’re laughable?

More links to – ahem – enhancement products and dating sites?

More subscribers with links to blogs that … don’t exist?

I have.

When I was a kid, Mom bought Spam sometimes.

this kind -- salty with a touch of slime

this kind — salty with a touch of slime

She’d slice it into thick slices and fry it on high heat, heat so hot the edges would burn and curl just a little.  Served up with scrambled eggs or cheesy potatoes we kids, fresh off our ponies, the lake or the field, would gobble it down.

It wasn’t great, but it was a salty-hammy-concoction that was tolerable.  Especially with enough ketchup.

Nowadays, Spam means something else.

Spam now is unwanted e-attention from ill-intentioned people and systems.

Systems and individuals looking to scam, steal, trick, coerce and lie their way into our good graces.

Do what I do … send ’em to the Spam folder.  Never respond. Don’t click on their faceless links.

And hope that WordPress turns the heat up so high they smoke.

The Akisment Widget in action

The Akismet Widget in action

Are you seeing more spam these days?  Have you turned up the heat? 

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22 thoughts on “Fried Spam

  1. I smiled when I saw the title of your post. Yes, I’ve eaten SPAM – I’ve even GRILLED it on the grill, and it was good!
    I have noticed the unwelcome spam recently; it’s annoying. I’m so thankful for the spam filter that WP offers!
    Have a good day, MJ – hope it’s spam free!

    • I haven’t had it grilled … but I didn’t mind it fried! Yes, I am grateful for the WP filters – – that eSpam is nasty 🙂 MJ

  2. Yes I def remember spam!! I ate it as well! I’ve noticed the spam on WordPress too, I was confused when I clicked on blogs that didn’t exist! Crazy.

  3. Same here. Worse than links to non-existing blogs are to those to dating sites, enhancement devices or porn-like photos. 😦

  4. Spam is worse by the minute…

  5. Never liked spam, canned or e-version. I have new subscribers without “real” blogs. I am careful to not approve suspicious commenters for fear they will get on without my review next time. Seems like whenever there is a fix for one version a new version slightly different pops up.

  6. Yes, I’ve noticed the same thing–their inability to express a coherent thought is a dead giveaway. I didn’t like Spam when I was a kid, and I like this new version even less.

  7. Sadly, yes. I fear that WP is going to have to install some sort of captcha for certain things (blog follows, first comments to be approved) or they’re going to end up completely swamped out.

    I always looked forward to spam sandwiches. My mom would fry up some slices in a skillet and then melt some cheese on top of them. Those would go on a big kaiser roll with a lot of mustard. A little bit of childhood heaven right there!

    • spam sandwich with cheese and mustard? Oh yeah!

      I think the WP spam catcher is pretty good b/c it seems to catch all the crud that tries to sneak in under the door!

  8. These spam mails are machine written. Phrases and sentences are generated by some kind of alogrythyum. The safest thing is NOT to visit the links out of curiosity.
    Just visiting some sites can be dangerous. It seems that when we visit a website we are merely looking at it – like on TV – but that’s not the case. We actualy download the information – and with that information can come little electronic nasties. They have little files called trojans, that get downloaded onto your machine which trace every single keystroke ou make. That’s your bank details or your passwords.

  9. WordPress does a great job of filtering out the spam and I am always grateful for that. I don’t pay much attention other than to take a look and permanently delete those comments when I think to do so. I HAVE noticed more new subscribers lately. Now I’m wondering if they’re legit!

    • I think the WP spam filter is pretty great, too, and it was the new subscribers that weren’t legit that gave me pause — just don’t click on their links — just hover 🙂 MJ

  10. hmmm…how do they find us? I’ve been wondering if perhaps the new recommended feature to the right of our reader helps them find us.

  11. Not too much, but a steady diet, nonetheless.

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