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Isn’t ”Fluther Spam” useful sometimes?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26811points) September 17th, 2015

People have commented about how to stop spammers, etc. but sometimes their spamming helps. They will spam to an old but interesting question which gone cold and rigor mortis has set in. Then it gets spammed, and shows back up in the activity stream, some Flutheronian that missed it the 1st time around will read it, and maybe make a comment, and like the vampires in Life Force, breath energy back into the question. If it was a really engaging question whose flame has dimmed and the spammers add gas to burn it hot again, unintended as it was, can you truly say it wasn’t useful to that question?

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stanleybmanly's avatar

This has happened for you?

Berserker's avatar

That can be cool when old questions pop up again, if only for reminiscing. I sure as hell woukdn’t keep spammers just for that though.

josie's avatar

In my opinion, the spam is occasionally more interesting than the regular Fluther fluff. Sorry to say it. But it does not take much to beat questions like “What does it mean when I dream about frogs” or similar shit. Just my opinion…

SmashTheState's avatar

Rather than supporting spam, I think it argues more that there’s a case to be made for having Fluther select old, random questions to be added to the top of the question stack occasionally.

Mimishu1995's avatar

No, because:

1. Not everyone follows the interesting questions, especially when the questions are too old that they only contain posts from long gone jellies. Not to mention I heard that some people even unfollow questions after a while. So the chance of a question being notified by a spammer is rather slim.

2. Why do we have to rely on spams to find an old question? Aren’t the “related” collumn and the topics enough? This is how spammers find questions to spam too. If you say that spammers help find good old questions, then that can be applied to new legitimate jellies who swim around and answer random questions too. They can do what you want and save the mods from work at the same time.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@stanleybmanly This has happened for you?
As far as stumbling onto some interesting older questions, yeah. I would think the question was a newer question I missed because I did not look at my ”Questions for you” link or it wasn’t in there, to discover it was some question years ago that was spammed recently. As far as questions of mine, I don’t know, either they are so fluffy they are ignored, or way too real and equally ignored, just those that are so real people drop in to try and debunk it that anyone noticed.

@josie In my opinion, the spam is occasionally more interesting than the regular Fluther fluff. Sorry to say it. But it does not take much to beat questions like “What does it mean when I dream about frogs” or similar shit.
I have to lurve that with little prejudice. Even when I know it is a blatant solicitation it exceeds many some of the real questions. Good thing I was very active in my early years or my might never have earned my way to that foreclosed mansion, the wick on this Fluther candle is almost burned out, and the content has not helped slow the burn.

@Mimishu1995 Not everyone follows the interesting questions, especially when the questions are too old that they only contain posts from long gone jellies.
Ain’t THAT the truth, though I don’t think the fact that the member who wrote it was long gone would have any bearing on the interest of the question, if the question is insightful, it will be even if viewed years later.

Why do we have to rely on spams to find an old question? Aren’t the “related” collumn and the topics enough?
It is not about relying on them, I use the search, or check the question archives of someone following me, or who ask question with meat in them and not fluff. The related column will only have something related to the question you are viewing, so some of the stuff bought out by spam on subjects that are different would not show.

If you say that spammers help find good old questions, then that can be applied to new legitimate jellies who swim around and answer random questions too.
Never said newbies did not help, one reason is I didn’t mention them. I do not think spammers care about old questions, those of fluff, or any insightful ones; they just throw it on the wall to see how long it will stick. However, because of that, the unintended affect is tossing bread crumbs back to old questions; it gets to be about using opportunity that presented itself.

zenvelo's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central …a really engaging question whose flame has dimmed and the spammers add gas to burn it hot again The flame has dimmed because the topic was exhausted, there is no energy left to debate something from long ago. It’s like the charred dead coals of last week’s fire in the fireplace; one can try to rekindle them, but one cannot get warmth from them.

jul_ras's avatar

Spam is bad in every way!

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

^ Taste great with scrambled eggs and cheese.

SmashTheState's avatar

@jul_ras Well, there’s spam, egg, sausage, and spam. That’s not got much spam in it.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@zenvelo The flame has dimmed because the topic was exhausted, there is no energy left to debate something from long ago.
Then a newbie like @extremely_introverted finds an amber and gently fans some air over it and a small flame pops out, even if for a limited time until someone else finds that amber.

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