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Programming Note

October 22nd, 2011 by Myrhaf · 11 Comments · Uncategorized

If you put a link in a comment — which is great, keep it up — we have to approve the comment before it is posted. So if your comment does not appear immediately, that is the reason.

We get an awful lot of spam comments here. They make me laugh because they are written as if english were a spammer’s second language, or maybe third.

“I am learning good informations from your prolific writings. I love this blog!”

“This is being so deep! I must tell all the peoples about your blog!”

Gotta love it.

UPDATE: Got this one today, October 22, 2011:

I am really satisfied with this posting that you have given us. This is really a stupendous work done by you. Thank you and looking for more posts

11 Comments so far ↓

  • Richard_S

    You would be right then because most likely English is their second or third language. Many blog comments are bought with a little bit of money and the comments are done by people in developing nations. Here’s an example:

    Check the list of bidders to do the work. Their flags show they are mostly from places like India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan. Most likely they are well meaning but desperate to make any money.

    It’s part of a practice called “black hat” search engine optimization. “Black hat” practices differ from “white hat” practices. Where “white hat” means legitimately making a useful blog, getting real organic links, comments, and tweets from real people. And where “black hat” are faked comments, blog posts, tweets, followers, and links bought with money or auto-programs. They lend web content an outward *appearance* of having value.

    And there’s a little bit of info on why spam comments are so goofy. The more you know.

  • L-C

    For obvious reasons they’re always hilarious generic, which – on a blog like this – ironically makes them stick out.

    You’ll probably find the very same stuff on blogs about banana bread and zucchini muffins.

  • L-C

    His points are:
    * Sweden isn’t as rich as people assume.
    * It’s actually a mixed economy, not full on socialism.
    * The country is feeding off past achievements, freedom, and peace.

    There’s more to be said about it, but these three points are valid.

  • North Bridge


    Just out of curiosity: What prompted you in the first place to listen to something titled “Book Review of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian”?

  • Myrhaf

    North Bridge, I was reading the fellow’s blog on Austrian Economics and Literature, and I clicked on a link to his YouTube channel and watched a few of his videos. I have disagreements with many of the Austrians — there are anarchists and blame-America-first types at — but they get a lot of economics right.

  • North Bridge


    I get wanting to read Austrian Economics; it was more this particular title that struck me with awe.

    I used to have a book called something like “A Natural Sleep Remedy,” which was a random collection of the most dreadfully boring articles the editor had been able to find. Chapter 1, I believe, was “A History of the Coal-fired Furnace.”

    Just wondering what prompted the decision to watch “A History of Tractors.”

    In Ukrainian.

    Seriously, though, I’m just giving you a hard time.

  • Myrhaf

    What, everyone is not fascinated by Ukranian tractors?

  • c andrew

    I am speaking of tractors Ukrainian names. Much deepness here to be plowing too. Natrual Remedy slep can be coal fired too.

  • madmax

    L-C, here’s an Austrian on Sweden:

    Guy’s got a good video blog. The part on Sweden starts at roughly 7:30

  • L-C

    Turns out my post on finishing the Sweden entry this weekend was a bit premature. It’ll have to wait until after the exams, so about a week. Also have another one cooking that may or may not be suitable for this blog, but it’s sort of related to Objectivism, more precisely its views on art.