Spam emails usually contain a paragraph of random words in order to deceive the anti-spam software. However lately this has changed. Some items that I have received in my inbox as spam:
Taliban suspected of stockpiling opium – Barack Obama and then signaled he could support
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Gmail still picks it up, perhaps based on the embedded urls that do not make sense. However Is some spam better than some random dribble?
from Marginal Revolution by Tyler Cowen
Your ideas on signalling are always interesting and informative….but, you focus a lot on signalling to others…..the more fascinating aspect is the signalling that we do to ourselves…..and why.
I deleted the comment anyway, to prove to myself I am tough and that I abide by the "no spam" rules. Behind it was a link to a German site selling computer products.
I assume that above comment was written by a human being. A’ la Turing, I wonder when the average quality of spam comment will exceed the average quality of a non-spam comment. For many blogs (not MR), we’re already there. Can you imagine blogs competing to capture greater and greater quantities of spam, as a way of "paying" for good comments? Or how about captchas which only let through spammers and discriminate against most others?