I don’t check my blog’s spam filter very often, so there was a lot of material in there when I peeked into the bin of gibbering nonsense the other day. Whoever said spam bots are utterly useless was not entirely correct– they’re occasionally good for a laugh.

An old post from February of last year, Tackling More Questionable Writing Advice, has been bizarrely and inexplicably popular with the bots. Over the last month they’ve left hundreds of comments on it. (If anyone has any idea why, I’d be happy to hear your theories. What’s the point of spamming a post that’s over a year old?)

Today I’m going to respond to some of the most hilarious, ridiculous, insulting and asinine comments, so that you too can have a laugh at spammers’ expense. (Content warning for blistering comebacks, random humor, and occasional profanity.) 

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Tell your readers not to user Explorer. I know this comment is fake though, because I’ve never met anyone who actually used Safari (or was willing to admit it.)

‘fun facts about blood’ had this to say:
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Aww, do all the words hurt your poor widdle brain?

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Unlike the writer of this comment… ya suck-up.

‘plumbingbasics’ got right to point after some insincere flattery:
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No, you may not copy my blog. Shove off.

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Sounds like someone didn’t read the article.

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You’re literally in contact right now. How’s it feel?

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I can tell. I’m also really curious what you think ‘fastidious’ means.

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Listen, buddy, I don’t write clickbait garbage. You want clickbait garbage filled with unrelated images, videos and gifs? Go back to trolling Yahoo.

User ‘lego dimensions supergirl fun pack’ says:
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Press charges. That’ll give her something to vlog about.

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Questionable Writing Advice wasn’t alone in getting some love from the bots, though. ‘Cialis’ left this comment on my review of Trackers:

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You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Fastidious , adjective: 1) Excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please: a fastidious eater. 2) Requiring or characterized by excessive care or delicacy; painstaking.

‘Cialis’ also left a little love on my review of The Genocide Gamewhich seems fitting, since pickup artists and guys who recreationally use erectile dysfunction pills are two groups that probably have a lot in common. He had this to say:

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There’s almost as much WTF non sequitur in this comment as on a typical PUA subreddit! Aaaaaand comment deleted.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this lovely selection of fine spam comments, carefully curated and served with only the best snark. Stay tuned for more reviews, and another installment of Between A Rock & A Storm!

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