This blog has been in existence for about 11 months. In that time, I have had a grand total of 15 legitimate comments to my posts. As of this morning, my spam filter has cleverly intercepted 1,629 spam comments — almost all of which are for Viagra, Cialis, or some other pharmaceutical product.
This means, using a little trick I call “math,” that 99.1 percent of all comments submitted to A Mild Voice of Reason are spam.
[rant] For this reason, I advocate the death penalty for spammers. Perhaps rendering them to Singapore for a good, old-fashioned caning prior to a relaxing salt-water bath, followed by an excruciatingly slow descent into a vat of boiling vegetable oil. Or something like that; I can be flexible. [/rant]
It wouldn’t bother me so much if spam were actually pitching a product or service. Or even if they appeared to pitch a product or service. What grates on my one remaining nerve are those spam messages that are nothing but random words. Seriously. I’ve been peeking at the plain-text versions of some of these spams — full headers, full-text bodies. No embedded images, no Web bugs, no hidden hyperlinks. Just garbage. If there is a logic to this, I cannot fathom it.