Unwelcome Comment: A Blogger’s Dilemma


A few weeks ago I reviewed the Koren Sacks Siddur which was due to be released this month. The editor kindly told me via email they had linked to my blog on the Press/Reviews page of their new siddur website, which rather pleased me.

On Friday morning, however, a completely different comment was added to the post mentioned above. It read Buy it here and linked to an online Judaice store. Apart from this there was nothing else, not even an email indicating who at the store had posted the link.

I found the procedure rather distasteful and indelicate. Therefore I visited the site, found the contact page and left a message indicating that since they had neither bothered to ask me beforehand nor left an email address I had chosen to spam the comment.

Do you think I overreacted? How would you have responded?