Why don't spammers bother to come up with something new?
I mean come on. Try to be a little more creative. I suppose it’s because they have a system that works… on other sites. Than they come here and get FLUTHERIZED!!!! (That sounds so dramatic!)
Did I just make up a Fluther inside joke? I digress…
Let me reword this to include more diversity in the answers…
What’s the most obnoxious case of spam you’ve come across and what did you do about it?
With me it really depends on my mood. If I’m tired and they’re clever I may not “get it” at first and just answer the question. This rarely happens but when it does it irritates me to no end and when I figure it out I report them. Other times I’ve been known to play along out of sheer boredom. Just today I gave advice about what they should do instead. I mean, Q&A sites are not effective advertising tools even if the question stays there.
Ultimately, a company wants positive feedback and traffic generated by word of mouth advertising. In my opinion, that’s the most valuable kind. As in, it means more to have your friend recommend something than it does if you see an add somewhere.
Example: When Amazons Q&A site was starting to go down hill I noticed a lot of folks mentioning they were coming here. So, I came here too as it was recommended by a bunch of folks. Maybe it’s a “follow the crowd” mentality but it works.
Besides, I come here to escape and think about other things. I’ve been working on my stupid stores all day the last thing I want to do is discuss them here too… when I’m trying to unwind a bit. I rather do enjoy the discourse. Good times.
I think the problem with spammers is that they lack the capacity to disconnect. It’s like they have to keep going… They try to hard and shoot themselves in the foot by not focusing on the things that work. Their entire online persona becomes this thing they’re promoting and they loose their own humanity in the shuffle. Damn, that’s deep.
Anyway, just a few points to ponder. I rambled on a bit but you get the general idea. I may just share this question with the next one that I come across.