It’s nothing personal, not at all. But since yesterday both Out of Ambit and the new WordPress writing-stuff blog at Eating Paper (which I haven’t even put up a link to as yet, must fix that…) have been getting a blizzard of incoming trackback spam from Chinese sources. (Indian too, but way fewer of those.) As a result, for the immediate future I’m blocking everything from the .cn and .tw top-level domains. (And also Guatemala. Seriously, why? Well, I don’t care.) Doubtless this too will pass. In the meantime it’s just an annoyance.
The only good thing about this has been that some of the earnest-sounding, I-want-you-to-approve-this-comment text that comes with these things is so hilarious. Get this:
I would like to comprehend when you write this article is what kind of mood, why would you write this article, also written so good, is that I can emulate.
Wow, by all means. Or:
I am fond of your article.Your article is like a big tree, so that we can be seated in your tree, feel yourself a real.
No, I’m flattered but I wouldn’t presume to attempt the latter: certainly only Benedict Cumberbatch may properly inhabit that lofty eminence.
And then… this:
This article made me effulge.
…Bye bye China… gonna miss you for a while…