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So there was a piece of comment spam loitering hereabouts for a couple of days, while I debated what to do with it. I finally deleted it, as the last thing I want is to encourage this kind of behavior. But what the culprit did is half ingenious and half insanely stupid, which is what had me thinking about it. The post on which the comment appeared had about 7 comments already, and the spammer simply duplicated the text of one of those comments — a comment from me, no less. At first glance, the comment seemed in context, if weirdly familiar. It took me a second to recognize it as spam.

This is not, I think, what Emerson meant about one’s words coming back in alienated majesty…



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