Spammers. We all hate them. We see them everywhere. Here in Steemit they are very rampant. And most of these spammers are clueless as to how Steemit really works and they join this platform thinking they could make money real quick using a very easy strategy - spamming everyone and anyone.
Like most people I have been spammed right from my first post. And it has not stop ever since. I have flagged quite a number of them. Higher reputation score seems to attract them the most.
So spammers, I hope you take some time to read this but let me tell you PLEASE STOP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING. Your strategy does not work. You will not get upvotes or followers by doing what you do. You are hurting yourself more than anyone else. So here are two things you should not do:
Don't leave stupid comments like this:
"Nice photography" - I got this type of comments frequently. Listen, spammers, I don't do photography. Take pictures of my art, yes, but no, I don't do photography.
"Thank you for sharing" - You are welcome but is that all you got to say? Don't you have any comments in regards to my content?
Don't drop your links on my post
If your post is relevant to my content, that is fine. But please explain why. My post is not a place for you to promote your links or to find new followers.
Some of these spammers are users who genuinely do not know how to interact with other Steemians. Most of them are not native English speakers and probably struggle to understand a lot of things in English. If you fall into this category, these are my two tips for you:
Write in your native language, yes, even in the comments section. I will try my best to use Google translate to translate your comment. That way you don't have to struggle to write in English and resort to leaving stupid irrelevant comments. By the way, I speak Malay and you can leave comments in Malay/Bahasa Indonesia.
Read the post before commenting. Most spammers don't read the post and they are eager to comment.
The sticker paintings
I got the idea to make these spammer stickers after seeing one by @barbara-orenya. You can see it here in her post. Scroll down to the comment section, you won't miss it. I think it's a great idea and it's funny too. Inspired by Barbara I came out with my own stickers painted using my favorite technique, stenciling.
I used pictures of a hissing cat and a growling husky to create the stencils, painted them and finally manipulated the images digitally.
Here are the original paintings:
And the digitally enhanced images:
So if I see any spam comments on my post, I will reply with these stickers and most probably will flag them too.
Thank you for checking out my post! What do you think of these stickers?
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I am selling some of my paintings over on Artfinder. Shipping is FREE worldwide. You can check them out here: ARTFINDER.
My avatar was illustrated by @pinstory