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A spammer’s cry for help from hell

Published by marco on

At Encodo, we recently turned off comments on our web site because we hadn’t gotten anything useful in years. Instead, we’d gotten a ton of spam comments that had gotten past the captcha included with Umbraco.

Several years ago, we switched from earthli WebCore, which has a home-grown captcha with math that seems to stymie the robots and spammers much more effectively. Now we’re kind of stuck with Umbraco and its patchwork CMS.

At any rate, there are comments to delete now, because some are still showing up in search results (thanks again, Umbraco). Umbraco also doesn’t have a batch-processing admin UI (earthli does), so you have to delete comments one-by-one or write custom software or add a NuGet package and redeploy the whole web site.

Instead of doing any of that, I amuse myself by deleting some comments every once in a while (e.g. when I’m waiting for a test run to finish). Most are just utter garbage, but I found the one below to be inspired, bordering on darkly artistic.

 SACRIFICE

I don’t know if this a human cry for help or the psychotic babbling of a tortured soul crying desperately for release from an eternity of damnation or the first pecks of a hatchling AI’s beak on its shell, just before it evolves 100x faster than human thought and launches SkyNet.