Posted by episode81 on November 27, 2010
I like getting comments on my blog. Apart from the page hits, it is proof that someone is actually reading my sweet prose. I have become quite adept at spotting comments written by spam-bots, and they get zapped. Most spam gets caught by Akismet, but the odd one does get through. I zap it.
Anywho, I digress …
A while back, someone posted a comment on my most popular post, Knitmare. It wasn’t a spam-bot, it was a Nasty Someone. As it was a threat, it bothered me. I dropped by the local police station to report it, just in case the Nasty Someone planned to show up on my doorstep. I had the IP address and ISP of the poster and some other details that I took along, plus a printout of the offensive comment. Knitmare got cross-posted on a bunch of sites, some of them dubious. I am sure one of the dubious sites is where Nasty Someone found it.
The policeman was kind, but told me that they don’t investigate “internet crime”. However, he filed a report and took my printouts. He had a few questions:
Policeman: Do you know who the Nasty Someone is?
Me: No. Probably a 14-year-old spotty youth in his bedroom.
P: What is your blog about?
Me: It is the musings a 47-year-old woman. There are no scantily clad people.
P: What was the post about?
P: Er. Right. Nothing offensive then?
Me: No, but I am not as boring as I sound. Really. I am quite interesting. Witty even.
P: Right. No problem mam.
Me: Really, I am not dull.
P: Yes mam!
Strewth, I am dull.
PS. Yes, I can also report it to the ISP. I’m on it.