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When for the first time
A new question I answer
This haiku appears:

Little slab of meat
In a wash of clear jelly
Now I heat the pan

Such a message is
Very strange; is anyone
Seeing the same thing?

Have not seen again.
Came and went like the wind does!
Why I am so blessed?

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You've just been with a haiku. –  random Dec 10 '09 at 2:28
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Little slab of meat / In a wash of clear jelly / Now I heat the pan –  Shog9 Dec 10 '09 at 2:31
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wtf is this?????? –  jmfsg Dec 10 '09 at 2:34
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So you have a habit of answering questions more than once? –  random Dec 10 '09 at 2:49
    
@random - quite often i'll edit my answers :) –  ennuikiller Dec 10 '09 at 2:54
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Edits are not the same as posting a new answer to the same question. –  random Dec 10 '09 at 2:56
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This is pretty much awesome. –  synack Dec 10 '09 at 2:57
    
Maybe an easter egg. –  John K Dec 10 '09 at 3:31
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Screenshot please... for posterity you see. And um... cough hand-drawn circle around the haiku caugh. –  beggs Dec 10 '09 at 5:47
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I love that the whole post is a haiku now, lol –  Jeff Atwood Dec 12 '09 at 18:31
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I'm glad someone appreciated the effort. (I'm not really happy with the final haiku, but it was the best I could muster with limited time.) –  mmyers Dec 13 '09 at 5:25
    
Was it just me who hadn't heard of Haiku before the new president of the EU council was announced? –  Chris S Dec 13 '09 at 23:37
    
I got this too :( ... I'm not a spam Little slab of meat / In a wash of clear jelly / Now I heat the pan –  gooty Jan 9 '10 at 11:51
    
As I've written at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/144708/foo/…: A spambot could parse the message, find words like "spam", "detected", "filter", or "triggered", and use them to determine whether it has triggered a spam filter and act accordingly. The haiku is itself meant to be a Turing test, so that bots don't know they triggered a spam filter. –  DragonLord the Fiery Jun 12 at 18:09

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The implementors of these sites have come up with a set of heuristics that attempt to detect spamming. I don't know exactly what they are, and if I did, I don't think they would be happy with me for typing them here. However, from my own observation, I've concluded that the site shows a Spam Haiku when the heuristics go off. Human beings scratch their heads, retry, and succeed. Actual robot spam devices are stymied. I imagine that if you thought a bit about what sorts of time and content patterns might be associated with automated spam, you could figure out why you got to read one.

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+1 for an explanation, finally: the site shows a Spam Haiku when the heuristics go off –  Arjan Dec 14 '09 at 6:42
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A +1 from me too. –  alex Dec 14 '09 at 8:37

Spam haiku, baffling
Five questions, yet most still stuck
FAQ weeps for update.

Tastes like ham, sorta
But clogs up my aorta
Pig rigor morta

A half-eaten slice.
Ants swarm the cold, greasy plate.
A suicide note.

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I just sent my great aunt a Christmas thank-you card composed entirely of haikus. I wonder if she'll appreciate it. –  mmyers Jan 12 '10 at 15:09
    
She definitely will! –  alex Jan 12 '10 at 17:12
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Well, I just heard back from her. She liked it but also sent me a page of instruction on the proper use of imagery in haikus (though she did admit that thank-you haikus are necessarily somewhat image-limited). Pro tip: Don't write poetry for an ex-English teacher unless you're prepared to deal with the consequences. –  mmyers Jan 21 '10 at 17:15
    
@mmyers glad to know she liked it! –  alex Jan 21 '10 at 17:28

What are the clear parts?
My mind reels, thoughts turn to hooves.
I'd best just eat it.

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I vaguely remember something about this clever poetry from a podcast/blog/tweet or somewhere. It's displayed to make the user slow down and think for a bit, when they are doing something ignorant or obnoxious. Like posting the same (spammy) question multiple times in a row, perhaps?

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Sounds like this could work .... on some other planet. –  innaM Dec 11 '09 at 10:22

The haiku is trying to tell you something.

(edit: without a repro, there's no help that can be provided. If you give us repro steps we all can follow, I can tell you more.)

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That they're routing the site through Hawaii? –  random Dec 10 '09 at 6:59
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I hope the message the haiku is trying to get across isn't very important. –  innaM Dec 10 '09 at 9:00
    
@Jeff: Well if you're not worried then what the heck are of the rest of us concerned about! :) I welcome our new exception handling strings that are much more engaging than archaic error codes. –  John K Dec 10 '09 at 20:20

Oh tin of pink meat / I ponder what you may be / Snout or ear or feet?

That's the latest :P

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No, Stack Overflow is not "hacked"; it's a Spam Haiku.

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It can be found in the top 10 spam haikus google.ca/… but I don't think this leads to the conclusion that SO has not been hacked - in fact the opposite because there's no reason (business, technical, otherwise) that SO should show a spam haiku! –  John K Dec 10 '09 at 3:14

I've seen it. Very odd, I went back and resubmitted.

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Does it only happen when posting an answer on SO? I haven't done that in a couple of days, so I could have missed it. –  mmyers Dec 10 '09 at 22:09
    
Pretty sure it was for an answer on SO, but it's either that or for an answer on meta... –  Adam Davis Dec 10 '09 at 22:18

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