A Fond Farewell to My Greatest Fans

I've been using Simple Form to power the comment boxes on this (static) site for several years. I was JAMStack before it was cool, who knew? Unfortunately, even with Akismet configured, I still get heaps of spam comments. To be honest, it's just about 100% spam. It turns out writing infrequently, deleting ones twitter account, and doing nothing to promote ones writing does not result in a huge amount of user engagement! But I digress.

While the spam comments are bothersome overall, I feel the need to give credit where credit is due: some of the best comments I've recieved have been spam. There have been times when I'm having a bad day, then I check my email and see something like this:

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Wow! Thank you similar internet page!! I was feeling a discouraged the day I got this, and I can't lie–this comment made me feel a bit better. I know you're only a bot, but I choose to take the encouraging words at face value, and they make me feel appreciated.

So, as a farewell to my loyal spam bots, I will feature and respond to the best comments here.

The Best Spam Comments I've Received

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It's not unlike the joke about the Jew trying to smuggle coffee into Haifa without paying the required duties. The customs official looks in his sacks and asks him what it is he's carrying. "Birdseed," the traveller replies. "Since when do birds eat coffee?" asks the incredulous customs officer.

Whereup the traveller replies with a shrug "they'll eat if they want; if they don't, they won't."

It's in a similar spirit that I publish my posts.

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With that, I'll wrap up this little tribute to my loyal and enthusiastic spam commenters. Thanks again to everyone, and if you wish to contact me it's still possible! My email address can be found on the contact page.

Happy spamming!

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