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When Spambots Break, We Fisk It

A while back, a spambot stopped by my 2006 post “Unitless line-heights”, dumped what appears to be its complete response configuration file into my comment form, and submitted it.  Being something of a Dadaist at heart, I went ahead and published it—and yet, somehow, that wasn’t enough.  I believe the whole world should have the opportunity to savor its multifaceted and sometimes contradictory opinions, so I present it here in its entirety (and its character encoding errors) with a few bits of commentary by yours truly.

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In fact, line-height values have long been the topic that dare not speak its name.  I hope it is not too immodest of me to say that writing about these subjects took no small measure of personal courage.

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OHHHH SICK BURN.  Actually, I’m very slightly impressed by the attempted use of reverse psychology, even though I suspect the vast majority of people would just delete a comment like that without ever realizing it was a spambot.

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Your previous roommate, eh?

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Apparently spambots think that “book-marking” is a thing that humans still do.  Ha ha, suckers!

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If you want the original, un-fisked version for use in your own anti-spambot defenses, you can find it here.

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    • #1
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    • Thu 18 Oct 2012
    • 1647
    Jordan Gray wrote in to say...

    Her previous roommate was very excited about vertical rhythm, apparently.

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    • Fri 19 Oct 2012
    • 0640
    Michael. wrote in to say...

    Thanks for this exciting and interesting comment! Well done! I have bookmarked this site and will return again.

    • #3
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    • Fri 19 Oct 2012
    • 0647
    Michael. wrote in to say...

    More seriously, I see comments like this all the time, and it is obvious that they are spam. They are not in any way related to the content of the post.
    Eventually we’ll have AI good enough to filter out comments that don’t actually discuss the post, and the spambots will have to actually post a relevant comment. And that’ll be a good thing. (And I think I saw an XKCD comic on the topic, but I can’t just find it.)

    • #4
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    • Tue 23 Oct 2012
    • 1545
    Andrew wrote in to say...

    @Michael. XKCD 810

    • #5
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    • Sun 24 Feb 2013
    • 0936
    Sarah wrote in to say...

    I was hoping the first few comments on my blog were real. What a shame. I’ve deleted one from Shanghai escorts, but debating whether to delete the rest. Are some comments better than none?

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    • Fri 19 Apr 2013
    • 2018
    rob.alarcon wrote in to say...

    I still bookmark : ( haha

    the “Your style is really unique in comparison to other people I’ve read stuff from.” Almost got me

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    • Mon 21 Oct 2013
    • 0419
    Moon world wrote in to say...

    After spambot stupidity, one of the most affordable explanation for an individual coming over to my website and praising it for your pleasant shades is, to price John Gruber: “I am high like a kite.”

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