When spam almost makes sense

Every day I check the spam filter on the blog and hose out the goo. Generally, spam messages include 37 links to cheap V1agra, or are written in Russian, or exude, as this one does: “hello!,I love your writing so so much! proportion we be in contact more approximately your post on AOL?” And they usually connect randomly to posts written three years ago.

But this morning I found this spam comment “in response to” the page Buy My Books:

You are the worst author

I had to laugh. Clearly the comment was spam–it came from a fake Yahoo address, was linked to a site advertising cheap PCs, and was posted by a randomly generated name. Still, in context it could have made sense. And I have to wonder: Is this message actually effective? Does it drive thin-skinned authors to click the link and attempt to yell at the putative commenter? Does it really help to sell cheap knockoff computers? If so, it’s brilliant reverse psychology.

And now I have a name for a villain in a future book: the randomly generated Milton Bax.

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