Tuesday, May 7, 2019

dear anonymous...

A while ago, some blog readers mentioned that the "tell me you're not a robot" comment spam protector made them solve a LOT of puzzles to get through.  I honestly didn't know that was what blogger was making you all do (and thank you to each of you who jumped through all the hoops!), so I decided to turn that function off and see how it went.

At first it went well.

Lately...well...I've been amused.  By "Anonymous."  So I thought I'd share some of the comments I've been receiving.  (But not publishing.)  I'm pretty sure they're spam.  At least most of them are.  And I'm very sure that if someone really wanted to talk to me, they'd either e-mail me directly (that info is out there, easy to find), or create an account to log in an actually leave a comment as a real reader.  Even if they have their settings to "no-reply" (even if by accident), I'm pretty sure these aren't legitimate comments.

In response to my post "I might have a challenge problem" I got this:

"A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment.  There's no doubt that you need to write more on this issue, it might not be a taboo subject by typically folks don't discuss these subjects. To the next! Cheers!!"

Also this:

"Write more, thats all I have to say.  Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.  You clearly know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your weblog when you could be giving us something informative to read?"

I sure hope no one thinks quilting is a taboo subject.  But something I do know is that I did not imbed a video in this post.  But thanks, Anonymous, for your input.  I will surely try to use my intellect more on my next post.

(typos are theirs - in all the comments)

While that post was a more recent, I also got this one in response to a post regarding a quilt I made quite a few years ago for a friend's baby-to-be, Denis (yes, that's how they spelled his name):

"I'm no longer positive where you're getting your information, but good topic.  I needs to spend some time learning much more or working out more.  Thanks for fantastic information I used to be on the lookout for this information for my mission."

Glad I could be of service to your mission, Anonymous.  Also, much of the information comes from my head.  Well, my brain that is inside my head.

But most recently, my "busy, busy, busy" post has gotten even more attention.  I'm sorry, Anonymous, if you really are a real person trying to connect with me, but these are grammatically wrong and therefore funny.  Please create an actual account so I can reply.  Maybe.

"Fantastic beat!  I would like to apprentice while you amend your web site, how can I subscribe for a blog website?  The account helped me a acceptable deal.  I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear idea"


"It's in reality a nice and helpful piece of info.  I am happy that you just shared this useful info with us.  Please stay us up to date like this."

and one more...

"Wow, this article is nice, my younger sister is analyzing these things, thus I am going to convey her."

So, Anonymous, I thank you for your positive input on my blog.  I am glad I could help not only with a mission, but also someone else's younger sister in her analysis of, um, something?  I also would love to have an apprentice, but I'm pretty sure there are far better people who can teach you about internetting.

And with that, proving you are NOT in fact a robot, will again be required to comment on my blog.  I apologize to all of you actual readers for the inconvenience.  Perhaps I'll have a friendly giveaway for non-robots in the near future to thank you all for your patience in solving a multitude of puzzles?  (My hubby will probably roll his eyes just as high over me giving away perfectly good quilting supplies that I have not bought yet as he rolls them when I bring home MORE cat toys...)

But a blog post isn't a blog post without a cat photo, right?  And a few of you mentioned you missed the furry beasties in my last post.  So here is Freddie, as I found him after I finished writing the last blog post...putting one last batch of love into the quilts I sent off to Jack's Basket last Friday.

That face...he looks a bit angry, but more like "mom, stop!"  He's truly turning into a handsome cat.  Every time I look at him, I can't believe how big he is.  He's caught up to Gabby (though she's still heavier - I call her my gymnast, as she's petite, but solid), but I expect he'll be at least as tall as Emma (and she's big for a girl cat), if not taller.  But in my mind, I still see that 8-week-old kitten we brought home in December of last year.  And most days, he acts like it, too!

Not much quilting going on here.  I got fabric to enlarge the challenge back and last night appliqued a few of the "seeds" while watching some Netflix, but there aren't any squirrels running around lately, so I'm kinda in a lull.  That's okay, though.  Resting up for the next batch of squirrels!

Happy quilting!


Carol R. said...

Well, I'm certainly glad that I don't get comments like those. Freddie kind of looks like he'd like to get ahold of those anonymous posters and give them a freshly coughed up hairball or two.
What? No squirrels at your house?!?! Well, let me send one ( or two) your way... they've certainly been keeping me busy here.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Mr. Anonymous is so funny! I get one sometimes from Mr. Viagra/Jakarta - similar stuff - compliments/typos/poor grammar - the internet version of robocalls. Then there are the ones in Arabic with a bunch of links - um - no - I'm not publishing those - thanks anyway - LOL - ;))

Thanks for the photo of Freddie - he is very handsome - and getting pretty big - he almost fills that box all by himself - ;))

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Ruth said...

Really weird! I rarely get any comments like yours. I have gotten the occasional one in Arabic, but not often. So I do understand why you will turn the puzzles back on. I had never had to complete so many puzzles before. Once in a while if I did it wrong, yes. We will see what happens now.

Marsha B said...

Ugh, I hate when someone has to spoil the fun! I don't mind the extra security, it certainly keeps the creeps from messing with your comments.