I do sometimes get a bit of a bee in my bonnet. There was a post on the travel forum just now from some idiot spammer and I spent about 15 minutes composing a completely scathing answer dealing with things included in it and pointing out just how wrong and inappropriate they were. Click post answer and what happened? The VT Mothership had already deleted it! I am much in favour of the way this site deals with inappropriate postings so very quickly but come on guys, can you gove me at leat ten minutes to get rid of a bit of vitriol. Half my best lines have all disappeared into the ether now!
Agree Fergy - sort of like the sent file in the email programme that keeps everything we send until its deleted by us.
Was that the Singaporean guy hawking the travel website, Fergy?
Fergy, you are keeping me entertained this morning.....lol
Well Cathy, claimed to be from Singapore, claimed to be a bloke. On the net, who knows?
Never mind Fergy ... you're clearly slowing down in your old age, so we'll make concessions for you! I 'got' him and treated him to a spot of Celtic vitriol prior to him being consigned to the cyberspace abyss, so you can take a half share if you'd like ;)
Well, Kathy, I do try. There are those that say I am extremely tryng but I beg to differ. Glad I'm brightening up your day with my inane drivel! For crying out loud, just don't encourage me.
You have obviously never heard me in full flow. I know a few other members have been unfortunate enough to witness that particularly unedifying sight!
If it helps, I recently finished reading my kids the first Harry Potter book (what a treat to realise what a joy it is to read out loud)! My small son then asked me, "Mummy, are you a wizard?" "No Wolfie", I said gravely, "But there are many people who believe that I'm a witch"
Strange you should say that. In the Philippines where I am now, I seem to have attracted the nickname of Momo whi8ch is a kind of ghost originating from Siquijor island which I can see from here on a clear day and had the pleasure of exploring a few weeks ago. The other soubriquet I attract occasionally is that of Kopre (phonetic) which is a large male spirit with a long beard who sits up trees smoking tobacco and poking fun in a benign manner at the mortals below. Frankly, I can find very little in that description I could take issue with in a court of law.
Let's just say that I look forward to the privilege: Celts of a feather talk **** together!
Hey what if I created a list of replies from members that were directed at spammers, and when the spammer's post, I could automatically bombard their email box with 100's of those posts? Heaven forgive the spammer who admits to spamming on VT in my physical presence. -T
I have a collection of over 600 photos and fake documents sent by spammers over the years. I must get out a bit more
I find typing the 'response' gets it from my system, I long since learned not to click "Post Answer". But I feel better for having typed what I feel anyway .... (which is what you did Fergy, albeit unintentionally LOL).
haha Fergy, It only takes two words to get the message across to spammers,the first one has four letters and the second has three. I get in very quick smart.
D - sounds like those 2 words would be very popular on VT seeing they are about sex and travelling - LOL
Absolutely!!David. or some bodily waste travelling through the air..;o)
I've often wondered about using the brief two word answer, but have resisted the temptation so far, on the grounds that I don't really want the VT Police to throw ME out for using inappropriate language
I doubt they would even read it ...
Fergy, you've aroused my curiosity, why not post your reply here for us to read?
Haha David, that's too funny :o) I hadn't thought about those two words being about travel....but you are right, they are lol. Linda, yep... I agree. I want to see what you wrote too Fergy :o) I never bother to answer these days....just hit the report abuse button. Fergy I have gotton used to copying anything I post here due to the many times when either my posts or tips have disappeared after hitting the post button. So I have a habit now of hilighting everything and pressing control C to copy before I post. Now if you had have done that... you could have at least saved it to a word file to be used next time ;o)
Sorry to disappoint folks but my reply is long lost in the ether. I haven't a clue what I wrote now but it was decdedly less than complimentary.
I can imagine mate ;o)
OK guys, I took your advice and saved it this time. Herewith my response to another spammer whom I have hopefully removed. It is not quite as intense as the original reply alluded to but I think it gets the message across. "Rabin, let me ask you a question here. Who is going to potentially risk their life in altitude situations with someone who has not even got the intelligence to either read the terms and conditions of a website or respect the fact that this is a very good travel resource and not open to spammers of your limited intellect? That sounds like a good decision I don't think. You are not welcome here, please remove yourself and, as a side issue, your business model stinks. All you have done here is alienate a potentially lucrative audience. Well done, you have done a great job of destroying whatever latent business you obviously do not have yet. You will be reported and deleted. Please do not bother us again." I think that about sums it up.
"you're fired" (The Apprentice concluded last night on BBC)
Fergy I think the 2 word answers (both - LOL) given above are more than adequate rather than wasting a whole lot of words on someone who almost certainly won't read them - however I do like your style.
Thanks Fergy for the sample! I think it just isn't annoying to me. I usually don't reply at all, either to a Forum post or a private e-mail. I just hit the Report button and let VT Staff decide.
Thanks folks, as I say, the original was a lot longer and more detailed. Keith, please tell me the Apprentice has concluded permanently lthough I doubt it. Victim TV, as I call it, is cheap which appeals to programme makers and utterly unwatchable.
Funny thing, I just got two of those spam mails. An ugly girl,(her own description) wants to become friends with me and maybe more!
Bad luck, Fergy. They signed off last night with "go to our website for details of the next series" "Dear Lordsiralan, I know nothing about anything, and am a total numpty; however, I reckon I'd scrub up well for "you're fired", so please give me a chance" Usually, the discussion thread on digitalspy.co.uk is more entertaining than the programme/contestants