October 13, 2012

What do you think about all the spamlicious selling stuff?

121010-spam-wallBurbed, like most blogs, gets its share of spam in the comments.  We use some spam-blocking tools to keep those to a minimum, but no tool is perfect. And sometimes some of your legitimate posts end up in the spam bin, where our hardworking staff has to rescue them by sorting through hundreds of offers of gay porn and Louis Vuitton ripoffs.  That means some of your comments sit alone, in the dark, with nothing but dozens of identical posts in Portuguese to keep them company until we dig them out them days later.

We’ve been dealing with some of the odder contributions by posting them without whatever sites they linked back to, as a Moment of Zen feature.  We’d like to know if you find these interesting or if this is wasted effort on our part, when we could be out looking at Open Houses to not write up.

Here are some of the latest additions to comments that really did belong in the spambucket, but are now standing on an equal footing with your own contributions. Please let us know if you think we’re taking the right approach toward responding to these. Do you enjoy them or should we just have left them in the spam Portal to Hell? It’s the hope of finding a #winning entry that keeps us checking the queue while rescuing those of you unfairly discarded with the Xbox cheat codes for only $49. The earnest, badly spelled, improper use of English while selling services on another continent comments are a “bunus,” but do let us know if these are worth our trouble.  Remember, these tend to released after most of you are done with the thread they sought out.

Or complain about something else.  This is an open thread, you know.  Post away. Attempts to sell us something are subject to further scathing editorial commentary.

Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:12 am

4 Responses to “What do you think about all the spamlicious selling stuff?”

  1. wahnny Says:

    I sometimes go back to the Burbed archives to (re)read funny/interesting commentary. However, I frequently see nonsensical comments (spam?) trailing the posts (e.g., here). Not sure how much effort it would take, but it would be nice to see some of that cleaned up.

  2. black_dong Says:

    My search of place to stay is turning unfruitfull. OK, next question, can I find a decent sub 1500 rental on the peninsula that is not an apartment? 1 bedroom and about 750 sq. ft would work. I have been scouring CL, but mostly overprices shit.

    Thanks, black_dong.

  3. n713z Says:

    black_dong indeed. Here’s a dong-like property that takes the cake for, um, penile listing copy:

    http://www.redfin.com/CA/Scotts-Valley/100-Blueberry-Ct-95066/home/2222472

  4. madhaus Says:

    wahnny, those “nonsensical comments” are called trackbacks. Try clicking on them. They are links to other articles that referenced the older article.

    Sometimes they are generated by spambots as well, but in that case we release them to the great gigabyte in the sky.


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