I like questions.
Questions are good.
Sometimes I like asking them and at other times I like answering them.
Sometimes I ask questions when I need to know the answer to something but at other times I ask questions to see if others know the answer to something.
I encourage people to leave comments on this blog and comments can be in the form of an opinion, a question, an observation or anything which adds some value to the original blog post.
Recently I received a comment from someone purporting to be a fellow blogger who had a question for me.
It was a question about comment spam so I was immediately interested because I hate comment spam.
Comment spammers are parasites who want to take from you, do you harm and give nothing of benefit in return.
This was the question I received:
“Do you have a spam issue on this blog?
“I also am a blogger and I was wondering [about] your situation.
“Many of us have created some nice methods and we are looking to trade techniques with other folks so please shoot me an e-mail if interested.”
Sadly it was not a genuine question at all. It was from a spammer.
A spammer asking me if I had a problem with spam comments on my blog…what cheek!
So here is my reply:
“Dear fellow blogger,
Sorry for failing to give you a personal salutation here but you really only have yourself to blame for that one.
Choosing to give your name as a random series of letters and symbols means I don’t know who you are.
So do I have spam issue on my blog?
Well yes I do thanks to people like you who try to place irrelevant comments on my blog in the hope of getting free back links to their sites.
But thankfully I am on top of it and I take the time to remove those comments which are not automatically filtered by the anti-spam software I use.
In those cases I remove the comment and blacklist the IP address which is what I have done in your case.
P.S. There is about as much chance of me “shooting you an email” as there is of me signing up for that dodgy gambling system you are promoting.”