10/01/2006: "colour me gobsmacked"
I will freely admit that I derive some satisfaction when I see a comment has been left under one of my posts. I like feedback (or haven't I hammered that into everyone's skull enough yet?). I guess it just helps me realize that people are out there reading, following along, dare I say even caring what goes on in my life.
That is, until the comment I got at this post. Truly, when I read that, the only phrase that could accurately describe what I was feeling was gobsmacked.
At first I thought John Orchard was actually being helpful, until I read the full comment. Here is this recruiter (and you all know how long a pole I like to keep such people at bay with) who SOMEHOW came across my blog, read enough to realize that I'm looking for work, and leave a comment. At first glance, how nice of him. On every subsequent glance, however, it's obvious that this is simply more comment spam.
Before I tear into him (I am under no illusion that he will be returning to check NFT ever again) I will give him the credit he deserves for posting under his own name, leaving his e-mail address, and his phone number. That shows that he's at least sincere, but as I'll show, he's also pretty lazy in his trolling for developers.
First, he's in Seattle. No problem there, but he's hoping that I'm in Seattle too. Hello? Did "Toronto" in the title not give you a hint? How about the HUGE maple leaf?
Second, he's obviously come to NFT once and never read another post previously. Why? He's looking for software developers, and I'm guessing pretty much everyone who reads NFT on a regular basis - whether you've met me or not - knows that I'm not a software developer, nor have I ever been. In fact, you could probably pretty easily figure out what I do for a living just using Google and the "site:" function.
Hmm... I guess those are the only two points against him, but that second one really irks me. I mean, good Lord, how much time and effort does this person spend trolling blogs looking for people who are looking for work, posting a comment (likely a standardized one that he just cuts and pastes), and repeating? I could maybe see doing that on one of the big blogging sites where you might be able to search for people's location and their profession (if they've filled out their profile thusly), but how on earth did he find NFT, squirreled away on littl' ol' Warpfish.com? (Jerry, if you're reading, I'd love to know how this guy came to NFT. A Google search? Under what terms?)
In case you're wondering, I'm not going to be calling him, or even dropping him an e-mail. It's not worth it. He obviously invested so little time in reaching out to me, I should just treat it like the rest of the comment spam I've had and delete it. The only thing stopping me is the incredible gall it oozes. Wow.