This morning I had a comment from someone/something on a post that was more than two years old. Which was suspicious on its face. Here was the comment:
Hi there, I do believe your website could possibly be having web browser compatibility issues.
When I look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in IE, it’s got some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Apart from that, excellent site!
That’s the first one I’ve gotten that seemed to be trying to call a problem to my attention, in a new ploy to suggest that an actual person was sincerely reacting to my blog.
But the dead giveaway was the mention of Internet Explorer. I mean, what actual human still uses IE?
OK, I’m kidding. I’m sure many of my readers do so, and that’s fine (personally, I alternate between Chrome and Firefox, with an occasional foray into Safari). No, the ultimate giveaway was the “excellent site!” bit. Nobody writes in to say that, except spammers. Not to my blog, anyway. And if they did, they would tell me what it is they like about it, which a machine, so far, cannot do convincingly.
Here’s what I’m wondering about — does anybody know what the spammers hope to gain from such messages? I don’t get it. I followed the provided link, and I can’t see how anyone on the planet could benefit from my having done so. Unless there’s something going on that I don’t see.
I suppose, after all these years of blogging and many more years online, I should understand these things better. But I just ain’t that hep.
Can anyone explain this?