inessential by Brent Simmons

Bug-tracker spam

I got my first bug-tracker spam today. It was just a matter of time, I suppose. (And there was a fresh round of comments spam today.)

Spammers are the thugs of the Internet.

I’m constantly amazed by just how bad some people are. Maybe it’s because I’m getting farther and farther away from my school years, when every day I interacted with a wide variety of people. It doesn’t surprise a 12-year-old when people suck. But me, I’m surprised.

Spammers aren’t on the same level as torturers or even purse-stealers. But I think that, given a different context, they’d be happy to toss some books in a bonfire in the city square.

Update: More about Net thugs... but with a happier conclusion. See Zeldman on the Andy Kaufman effect.