Hey, I got the spam haiku!

I don't know what the criteria is; I got it after struggling to post from a dodgy connection on the train; after reconnecting, I hit "post" and got the haiku:

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

The same post worked fine later.

Come on Jeff, take some pity on feeble connections!

Repro steps:

  • prepare an answer in the "answer" box below
  • simlulate crappy network (unplug cable, turn off wireless, etc)
  • click the button to post it
  • wait for it to fail
  • click back
  • reconnect network
  • for me (Chrome) my answer is still there
  • click the button to post it

Grotesque pinkish mass / In a blue can on a shelf / Quivering alone

  • 3
    Yep, I keep getting this from 3G as well :(
    – Jon Skeet
    Dec 11, 2009 at 17:52
  • 2
    That spamku is wrong. It's not grotesque. It's an enjoyable block of luncheon meat. Now in turkey flavour.
    – random
    Dec 18, 2009 at 13:50
  • I'm also getting this tethering my G1 to my computer. (edge == yuck)
    – deleted
    Dec 27, 2009 at 20:07

2 Answers 2


[status-bydesign] unless you have consistent repro steps

Disconnecting internet is considered a repro? Really? Man, I am going to open some MAJOR bugs against some websites tomorrow!!

I can't disclose the rules of our spam detection in public for what I hope are obvious reasons. Suffice it to say that a completely failed "I got no internet, man" HTTP post, followed by another HTTP post, trips enough of them.

edit: ah, I finally found the bug. Something that should have only applied to anonymous users was kicking in for registered users.

  • 2
    Adding repro steps Dec 18, 2009 at 13:45
  • Did you manage to repro? Dec 27, 2009 at 9:38
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    how do I "disconnect internet" to localhost? :) Dec 27, 2009 at 11:17
  • Fair enough - but "disconnecting internet" is not entirely unexpected in an occasionally connected, mobile world. I'll just try to remember to copy/refresh/past before posting after a fail. Dec 27, 2009 at 11:45
  • I can confirm I had seen this behavior a lot of times (well, I don't need to "disconnect" anything manually. The government does the job perfectly.) Although I admit I haven't seen it recently.
    – mmx
    Dec 27, 2009 at 20:06
  • @Jeff - testing now... Jan 23, 2010 at 20:07
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    I get human verification - a perfectly respectable compromise. My train journey will now involve less swearing. Much obliged. Jan 23, 2010 at 20:11
  • 1
    @Jeff: I know you use windows, but on most other OS'es you could do ifconfig lo down, or some other close variant, depending on the name of the loopback device. However, in windows you can fake it by using the IP of your external card, and then changing the IP midway through the stream... I know you don't need this anymore, but it might be useful for next time ;-) Jan 23, 2010 at 20:12

Can someone explain what this is? I read the other post and I didn't understand a thing!

(I googled haiku and learned about it, but what does it have to do with SO?)

  • 1
    Little slab of meat / In a wash of clear jelly / Now I heat the pan
    – Shog9
    Dec 11, 2009 at 17:41
  • 3
    If you're ever in Austin, Minnesota, there's this museum...
    – Shog9
    Dec 11, 2009 at 17:42
  • I've been there, it's kinda sad.
    – jjnguy
    Dec 11, 2009 at 17:51
  • Spam, the word, is being used two ways. 1. Posts on Stack Overflow that is spam. 2. Processed and canned meat that originates from Minnesota.
    – jjnguy
    Dec 11, 2009 at 17:54
  • spam.com
    – jjnguy
    Dec 11, 2009 at 17:54
  • 8
    oh, it's an automatic spam detector that's not working? Why won't you tell me? Why are you being so mean?
    – juan
    Dec 11, 2009 at 19:04
  • 2
    Yes, it is a spam trap. Real people occasionally fall in; from what I hear, that applies to regular spam factories, too. Dec 11, 2009 at 22:09
  • Spam in one sense helped win WWII. Spam in the other sense, well, didn't. Dec 11, 2009 at 22:33
  • @Juan Manuel: This is not answering the OP's question. You are asking what was asked here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/32509/…
    – Ether
    Dec 13, 2009 at 6:25
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    @shog9: close, but not quite haiku. try this: "if you're ever in / Austin, Minnesota, there's / this great museum" Dec 13, 2009 at 16:28
  • 1
    On spam: I love it, I'm having spam spam spam spam spam spam spam baked beans spam spam spam and spam!
    – TM.
    Dec 18, 2009 at 14:10

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