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Talking Without Communicating

A user with what I believe to be a cribbed e-mail address posted the following comment on my lament that Dr. Randal Rauser beat me to debunking the “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” nonsense:

Just right points?I would be aware that as anyone who in reality doesnt write on blogs a lot (in fact, this can be my first submit), I dont assume the time period lurker is very turning into to a non-posting reader. Its no longer your fault in the least , however possibly the blogosphere may come up with a better, non-creepy title for the 90% folks that experience studying the content material .

This is a textbook example of talking without actually communicating anything in particular.  It’s wordy, and it doesn’t really say anything.

He left two other comments (also marked as spam) that asked legitimate questions.  I was about to clear them when I read that.  Wow.

Just for fun, it wasn’t his “first submit.”  I’ve seen that e-mail address used before, and even sent him an e-mail prior to this about unrelated topics.  In any event, he has a lot to learn about “content,” as he has no content in that paragraph.  I read it five times and I can’t figure out just what it actually says!

Maybe it was randomly generated.  Why not?  A paper made at that link made it into a peer reviewed conference.

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How Did My Spam Filter NOT Catch This?

On this article, I received a comment that was obviously spam:

If only I had a dollar for each time I came to josiahconcept.org.. Great article.

My first thought was, If only I had a dollar for each time you came to josiahconcept.org! Then I realized that the e-mail address was complete nonsense. So I checked the blog that the comment linked to. I don’t know much about SEO, but I figure that just randomly stringing hot button search engine phrases together in a way that doesn’t make sense wouldn’t qualify as actual SEO writing. A sample:

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Can anyone figure out what that meant? That’s a head scratcher. And it goes on for three more paragraphs!

Changing languages for one sentence mid-paragraph probably isn’t the mark of writing par excellence. Just a thought.

Is this Real?

This got caught in my spam filter. I actually want it to be true. In my ministry, I really don’t get many compliments. This is the last article anyone complimented, and that would have been 15 months ago!

Advantageously, the article is actually the greatest on this laudable topic. I fit in with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your upcoming updates. Just saying thanks will not just be sufficient, for the phenomenal clarity in your writing. I will at once grab your rss feed to stay abreast of any updates. Pleasant work and much success in your business enterprize!

If it’s true, then the speaker is not a native English speaker, which makes sense since his e-mail address was from Germany. But, in the end, I think it’s spam since you could attach this to any post that anyone has ever made ever and it would fit. Nothing specific there.

By the way, if you’re reading Mike (Geocreationist), the “laudable topic” he’s referring to was your website.

The Irony Meter is Off the Chart!

This may be an extremely ironic bit of spam caught by by my intrepid spam filter:

Great Blog! I have a similar site, and get a lot of spam. Do you face such problems? Can you please recommend some steps I take to combat spam. Thanks.

I may have teared up a little bit right there. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, he linked to his “similar site.” Diamonds, theology; po-tay-to, po-tah-to.

This is Special

In my last highlight post of the interesting comment spam that I get, I mused that I should just add a category for comment spam. So I said to myself that I will add that category if I get one more comment spam that’s worth highlighting. You will note that I have done that, under “Humor.”

This comment was to appear in my essay on prayer, which is also the most popular essay over at God is NOT Imaginary.

Sage Vyasa could not get the peace because he revised the theoretical message of God and did not memorize the practical aspect of it. He got perfect peace when Bhagavatam was composed in which the practical aspect was described. Gopikas practiced the message of Gita in Toto. The devotion to God should be one way traffic. Krishna married Radha secretly (Gandharva) and left her along with other Gopikas after enjoying them for two years in Rasaleela. No girl will tolerate her husband enjoying other women with her knowledge. The love of Radha to Krishna was not affected by such bad behavior of Krishna. Krishna increased the power of dosage of the test. Krishna left Radha and Gopikas, went to Dwaraka and married 16000 girls. Dwaraka was like a foreign country crossing the sea. If this is the case of the marriage of today, the girl fights against the groom with the help of the courts and women associations. But the behavior of Radha and Gopikas towards Krishna was unimaginable.

The user who posted this was called “Travel Deals to Paris.” That pretty much screams “Spamer!” doesn’t it?

Keep the Comment Spam Coming!

I should just create a category for comment spam. This just in:

I found your site from bing and it is magnificent. Thankx for supplying such an amazing blog post…

Thanks! This was attached to the post that attempted to answer if God was the author of sin in Calvinism, to which I recently added a retraction. Good, careful reading!

The Omnipotence of God is Like a Tomato Plant

On my post titled “Things God Can’t or Won’t Do?,” a reader left this comment that found its way into my spam folder:

Great stuff. Perhaps a little off topic, but would you mind if I write something about this on my tomato plant blog? I will of course, cite original source and link back to your page.

Omnipotence of God, tomato plants. Omnipotence of God. . . tomato plants. Yeah, I see how you got there.

Yet More Fun From the Spam Folder

I get a never-ending barrage of comical comments caught in the spam folder. “Kyra Estle” left me this interesting comment attached to my prayer essay:

GURU means the preacher who removes ignorance – darkness by emitting knowledge – light. The field of the context is important here. If you are ignorant of mathematics, a teacher may remove your ignorance about mathematics by teaching mathematics. Such a teacher cannot be called as Guru. Guru is the preacher who diverts you towards God by removing your ignorance about God. This is the most important field for any human being because it is the basis of every aspect of life here as well as there after death. The final knowledge of God is to know that you are always ignorant of God, because God is unimaginable or ever unknown.

Actually, according to Wikipedia, a guru is “one who is regarded as having great knowledge, wisdom and authority in a certain area, and who uses it to guide others (teacher).” Kyra is correct in drawing the comparison between darkness and light, as the elements of the word indicate coming out of the darkness and into the light. However, why someone would not be considered a guru just because his subject is mathematics is beyond me.

Kyra seems to say that a guru can direct one toward God, but then turns around to say that we’re always ignorant of God because he is “unimaginable or ever unkown.”

Obviously, Kyra’s concept of God isn’t drawn from the Judeo-Christian one. Man is made in the image of God. Therefore, it stands to reason that God is, at least in some sense, knowable to man in that respect. While I agree that it is tough to contain God in a neat box, the fact that man is made in the image of God means that God and man share at least some characteristics. This makes it possible for the skeptic to argue as he does that man made God in his image. Put another way, “if triangles had God, he’d have three sides.”

Either way, that is why I thank God for spam folders. DELETE!

More Spam Folder Comedy

My spam folder has become an endless source of amusement.

This essay on the Jesus Tomb Documentary (from March 2007) generated the following comment:

Check this Out!

2 days ago I received a message from 972-284-0600 / 9722840600 and was convinced the the person calling was a scammer.

I decided to complain to the the number and went nuts.

Anyway, I feel like such a fool Gulf Coast Western -an oil corporation- was calling me back to approve my job application – apparently I got the job!

I think I’m soooo fired!!!!???

Question. What does that have to do with anything I wrote in the essay?

I Have No Words for This

The following comment was attached to my “A Few Things Atheists Need to Know About Christians” post, but was caught (with good reason) in my spam folder:

Hello, I was reading another thing about this on another blog. Interesting. Your perspective onto it is diametrically contradicted to what I read earlier. I’m still pondering on the opposite points of view, but I’m leaning to a great extent toward yours. And irrespective, that’s what is so wonderful about modern-day democracy and the marketplace of ideas online.

It came from someone who named himself “online matchmaking” and listed a lesser-known Christian singles website as his homepage. Advertisement, anyone?

I mean, seriously: “diametrically contradicted,”  “I’m still pondering on the opposite points of view,” and “modern-day democracy and the marketplace of ideas online?” Who talks like that?