I used to use the Usenet for looking up things in the alt. subjects. In those days I had a program that would connect with them via my dial up modem, download the names of the Usnet groups, disconnect, pick the ones I was interested in, reconnect to get a list of articles from each group, disconnect so that I could pick which articles I wanted, and then reconnect just long enough to get the articles downloaded for off-line reading.. That was back when I was allowed a certain amount of connection time a month. Later, when I got my first DSL connection I did not have to worry about it, and could stay connected for long periods of time.. That was when I learned about spammers.
I did not have that problem when I had my three line Major BBS system as it used the caller ID to verify who connected, though they still had to log-in… There were few problem about spamming as only registered user could post, and it was easy for me to moderate new post.
With Usenets there were people who would post to more than one group at a time, and put stuff in there that had nothing to do with the group. When most of the ISP stopped carrying the alt groups I had to go elsewhere, which lead me to the ATT Worldgroups, until they dropped that, or the Yahoo groups and Google.
These days some of the groups I try to follow have so much spam in them it is almost impossible to find what I am looking for, so I am dropping them little by little.
So where is he going, you ask?
Simple. Last night I was planning to finish a post that I had been working on, off and on, for several days. One of the first things I did was check out the comments section to see if there were worth keeping. I now know my blog is getting out to someone as there were over 50 messages, relating to an article I had called “The Enemy of my Enemy is…” Over 50 comments were made about that page, all without even indicating they had read the article.. Most of them were some kind of cut and paste comments trying to sell some kind of service. Now I have no idea how that article inspired people to try to sell shoes, fans, or even SEO services. Some of them stated that they had looked for a way to communicate with me though non of them was smart enough to look at the menu where it say “Feedback”. That would have been a good place.
I would love to hear legitimate comments, and suggestion but, for those people who did like the 58 I saw last night : they get deleted.
For those of you who are kind enough to make comments I would only ask that you write enough about the article so that I can tell that you really read it.. I have even gotten comments, about the “About Me” page saying that this we really good information and they had never thought of it that way… Huh? What way is that.
That Joe Guy.