Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Engaging the commentors (or Y I issnt ignorant)

Today I received a random comment on a post I wrote back in August 2004 when I obviously thought I was incredibly witty. The commentor, someone named Aly, thought otherwise.

Aly has left a new comment on your post "Engaging the enemy: the spam wars":

Amusing enough, but one thing bothered me... It's perfectly reasonable for someone to have a name such as Emmanuel H****. I know a couple who gave their children Korean first names despite their clearly Italian last name. The wife is from Korea and it was important to her. So don't think you're so witty for spotting the difference in name origins when in fact you're just being ignorant. I'm not arguing that it was a fake name, simply clarifying that a name like that is not so uncommon.
Posted by Aly to
Dizgraceland at 11:40 AM

I Googled the name "Emmanuel H****" and sure enough seven entries popped up with that name (including my post about spam wars). As impressive as that is, I don't think it supports Aly's "clarification" that "Emmanuel H****" is a common name.

Petty minutia aside, I find it amazing that this person would miss the entire point of the post and call me ignorant for baiting a spammer by questioning their bogus choice of a name to try and scam me. I don't think I am witty for spotting the difference in name orgins. But I do think it was pretty funny to waste a spammer's time. And I think Aly is as sharp as a river rock for honing in on the single most insignificant part of the post.

Hey Aly, go back to My Space and leave us ignorant bloggers be. Or better yet, post your e-mail address next time and I'll forward it on to my spammer friend. Those Nigerian guys love intellectuals like you.

9 comments:

Shandi said...

Tim, notice her profile is private. That just as bad as being "anonymous". She doesn't give us access to her blog, assuming she even has one. She wanted to ridicule you and had to come back to 2004 to do so. A bit strange if you ask me.

Had she googled something to find herself on your blog? What does your statcounter say about her visit? Determine the location the hit came from. Do you know any other bloggers from that city?

Consider the option that this may not be what it seems. She may not be so anonymous and she may not even be a "she". "Aly" might be someone's lame attempt to count coup.

If she is indeed just a random troll, ignore her. She will get bored and go on to someone else.

Blazngfyre said...

Had to go all the way back to 2004 eh?

Trolls are just as bad as the spammers.
I wouldn't even give IT any more thought .... they too disappear.

Nice to see you Shandi! I see the Tina Turner look is the rage in Blogland.
I must get with it ... I am ALWAYS late for the party! :D

Gypsy said...

Seems a bit strange that someone would even bother to comment on a post from so long ago. Why not just email you if she felt the need to point out your flaws. Most peculiar, but then again the world is full of oddballs. We all come across them sooner or later.

Tim ID said...

Thanks Shandi, I don't think Aly is anyone I know. Most of my friends would just insult me to my face :) I did take the liberty of giving her (it) your blog address though.

Blaznfyre,
Shandi was the first to acquire that look. The monkey playing cymbals and I just copied her. Monkey see, monkey do :)

Gypsy,
I'm sure the person was googling something and landed back in 2004 by accident. Regardless, I agree, it is odd to comment on something like that.

Shandi said...

Thanks for saying Hi Blaze. I still check in on your blog to see what you're up to. I've almost dropped out of the blog world completely.

Tim, you're pulling my leg on that one. The only one still out there is the art or photography ones. I even pulled down the old 2 belly-button blog. Trolls can't find me.

Gypsy said...

Happy Valentines Day to you and Tess!!

Tim ID said...

Shandi,
I know that, but the troll doesn't :)

Thanks Gypsy!

Mikey said...

From a guy that writes a blog that is no where near as funny or interesting as this one, I'll say this.... I WISH some jackass would write rude, angry crap about my blog. I can always use a good laugh. No what I sayin'?

Besides, Tim.... I haven't known you that long but I think I'm falling in love with you.... in a purely hetero-manly kind of way.... you understand....

Tim ID said...

Mikey,
I thought I already was leaving rude, angry crap on your blog. I guess I need to step it up a notch.

And thanks man, I love you too (back slap, back slap) :)