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A lot of spam comes to blogs.  That is why comments are screened:  to keep the robot generated junk out.  It’s held in a spam filter and must be gone through.  Abundant and irritating, a few are worth the time wasted.

Here are my favourites.

The Flatterers

Some spammers, I guess, hope you’ll say ‘oh they like me!’  –

I don’t even understand how I ended up right here, but I thought this post cat sitting on laptopwas terrific. I have no idea who you’re but without doubt you’re gonna a popular blogger in the event you aren’t previously Cheers!

It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely donate to this fantastic blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this site with my Facebook group. Talk soon!

The Critics

Some, you gotta wonder what their marketing strategy is –

If I could say 1 factor about this blog page it could be structure! I signify, I had been so distracted with the clashing colors that it was pointless to try out to read through the site. What exactly are making an attempt to do here exactly? No one can go through that is if it seems like a child smashed a box of Crayola in your page! Be sure to do a thing about this.

obviously like your web-site however you have to test the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very troublesome to inform the truth however I will surely come again again.

Then there are ‘damning with faint praise’ ones –

well, kind of interesting post, thank you.

The WTF?? spam

hey i did not understand what are you saying about. somewhat i understood on that basis i don’t agree with this. thanks for posting.

And my all time favourite, from an erectile dysfunction product address.  With this attitude, all the pills in the world won’t help –

the next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention.

Update for Real Life Comments

cat watching dog video on computer screenThis, dear readers, will be my last mid-week post for a while.  I have a couple big projects that must be done.  I will continue doing the Corrie Scene of the Week and will approve comments.  But I won’t be able to respond to specific ancestry queries.

If you wish to follow the discussion, click on “comments feed” at the top left.  If readers can help with queries, please do so.  I’d like to keep alive what’s become an active Newfoundland Mi’kmaq forum.  I’ll be back, with results of what I’m working on, as soon as I can.

Go Paperless!

Utility companies, governments, banks – every agency that sends us bills or statements advertising flyer for "go paperless"keeps telling us to make it easier for ourselves, save trees, go green, go paperless. Make it easier for whom, save what trees?

I’m going to want a paper copy of those statements anyway. So I’m going to have to print them. So it will be paper I buy instead of paper bought by the sender. Same number of trees die.

It would save those companies and agencies the costs of postage. And if I were promised that those savings would be passed along to consumers in the form of lower rates or rebate, I might do it. I need something to compensate me for the time I would have to spend opening the emails and printing them before I stick them in my file.

Paperless necessities vs. junk paper sprees

I also would need a guarantee that the useless, unwanted, paper-wasting promotions and special offers that I receive in the mail from those selfsame companies and agencies would also stop.

magazines and 'offers' sent by mailThese photographs are of the unsolicited, unwanted, tree- and time-consuming junk that came in my mail and in my newspaper on one day. A letter from Bell telling me about their wonderful internet provider offer. I’ve received hundreds of these from Bell in the past couple years. Each one requires postage, each one contributes to the death of a tree.

Each one of these missives requires me to: 1, open it, 2, remove the plastic window from the envelope, 3, tear off the parts with my name to be put in the shredder and 4, put the rest in the recycling bin. Then I have to bundle all this unwanted crap in a tidy way and put it in the blue bin. So that big polluting trucks can pick it up and take to a recycling facility to do whatever it is they flyers from one small newspaperactually do with McDonald’s coupons, pizza offers and letters from Bell Canada.

Notice the magazine in the photo above? It’s Glow, a beauty magazine from Shopper’s Drug Mart. I don’t want it, I didn’t ask for it, I didn’t subscribe. I get it free because I have an Optimum card. The card gives me a benefit – points that get me free stuff. The first time I got the magazine – a “gift issue” – I thought, ok, they’re just fishing for subscribers. I won’t get another one. Next month, there it is. Take the hint: if I wanted it, I’d subscribe. I signed up for a points card, not a magazine.

No worry about using paper for promotions

If I wanted new products or services from Bell or Rogers or my bank, I would contact them. I’m already a customer! If Bell, Rogers or my bank wants to save their time and money by not sending me the one piece of paper that I actually need from them – my monthly statement – they can also stop cluttering up my mail box and life with junk I don’t want. And I don’t want emails from them either. I can get rid of emails faster than paper. But  I don’t want to clutter my inbox or mind with junk either.

If companies and agencies are concerned about saving trees, condense your statements so that a standard one fits on one sheet of paper. Bell is bad for this; the layout unnecessarily uses 2 double-sided sheets. Also, quit sending junk. That would really save trees.