I finally went into the dashboard section and erased the spam (there wasn't a lot of it), but I couldn't cast it into oblivion without noting, for the record, how polite it was.
Here is what each spam message said:
hello !!!Great to see a collection of blog posts that includes thoughtful and perceptive commentary. Keep up the great work!!!
Nothing about barely-legal teens subjected to activities described with inscrutable slang. Nothing about vile bodily functions you didn't even know existed and didn't want to know about in the first place. No desperate pleas from overseas monarchs looking to shelter their fortunes. No! In their place, a simple and even genuine-sounding compliment about our content.
Who says culture and society are lost in perpetual decline? Here is evidence that one small aspect of the culture -- comment-section spam on tiny literary websites -- is actually getting more civilized.
I read somewhere once that blog posts generally get the comments they deserve. Maybe that is true. If so, we can report that the Hobart blog, while it doesn't get a LOT of comments, gets the most polite and civilized robot-spam on the entire internet.
Thank you kind robot-spam readers! We salute you!
-- Sean Carman
p.s. Now I'm imagining a room of robots chained to their desks and tasked with leaving spam messages on blogs around the internet. If you were such a robot, wouldn't you get tired of the work? No wonder some of these robots are rebelling by sending us conscientious messages! You would to, if you were subjected to their pain.