June 24th, 2013

When I first started my hypnotherapy practice, some 16 years ago, the way to get clients was to advertise via Yellow Pages. It was simple. The more clients you wanted, the bigger the ad you bought. Almost all practising hypnotherapists did this. And, when I first started, only about 2 % of the members of the National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists had their own websites. You didn’t really need one. Yellow Pages did it all for you!

That quickly changed. I got my first website about ten years ago and had it completely re-vamped in 2011 (many thanks Jel!). On my new website I wanted a page on which I could post things – articles, mainly, but also other short pieces, mostly relating to hypnosis and hypnotherapy but not exclusively. I called it my “Articles” page as I think that the word “blog” is one of the ugliest in the English language. This page also has a facility for posting comments. And here’s the bugbear.

From Day One I started to receive spam comments. These “comments” are usually a few lines of rubbish and a whole string of live links. None of these ever make it on to my articles page. Why? For the most part, the use of the English language is execrable, and yet it is fascinating how often the word “fastidious” turns up. Here are some examples:

Hi mates, fastidious paragraph and fastidious urging commented at this place,
I am actually enjoying by these.

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What’s up buddy, what a quality is! For this YouTube video, I am genuinely impressed, because I have never seen fastidious quality YouTube video before,…

Mostly such “comments” try to get published by saying nice things about one’s writing. The problem is that such complements are either utterly banal or badly written to the point of incoherence. An example of each:

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seemed to be on the internet the simplest thing to consider of.
I say to you, I definitely get annoyed even as people think about issues that they plainly do not recognize about.
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defined out the entire thing without having side-effects , other people can take
a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

Or they make a clumsy attempt to push some product or other:

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Some are incoherent and yet vaguely obscene:

Go deep Shallow thrusting, simulated by the researchers inserting the artificial phallus halfway or less into the Fake Vagina,
it’s better used for navigating tighter menus than for inking. Het is ontworpen om een paren ‘sex
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And sometimes the “comment” is simply a string of illiterate bilge:

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regaгding unexрected emotiоns.

.Well – I suppose that spam is an unhappy part of modern life. It is a minor inconvenience – not the end of the world. It is rather akin to walking out of your front door in the morning to find that someone has stewn litter over your front path.

But occasionally a comment will really irritate me. This morning some imbecile sent me this:

582199 473615Hi, you used to write exceptional posts, but the last several posts have been kinda boring

Well, Yuro, if that is your name, if my posts are “kinda” boring then can I suggest that you get some “kinda” life – AND LEAVE MY B***DY WEBSITE ALONE??

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