Dead man answering

It takes a lot to stand out in my email box these days. This item today definitely stood out:

Your Facebook friend Jeff Borland is on Quora

Now on Quora? Have you ever met anyone who waited until he had been dead for two years before signing up for a Web service?

Mind you, I’d love to see the guy there; Jeffro had a way with words and a willingness to shoot down total idiots, both of which are useful commodities on a Web site devoted to answering questions, and I’ve missed having him around. But somehow this rubs me the wrong way: if this is a family member using the man’s name, this is Bad Form, and if it’s just some scrub who hacked his way in from Jeffro’s FB account, this is unforgivable.

Incidentally, the Borland account is “following 26 topics.” And there is a function in Settings called “Find Facebook friends,” which makes me wonder if this might be sub-Turing-level bot work. He has 8 followers, one of whom I know.


  1. McG »

    28 October 2016 · 9:25 am

    I’m going to point Mrs. McG to this post; her late mother’s Facebook account has yet to be closed, and we’d hardly want something like this to happen to it.

  2. ETat »

    29 October 2016 · 9:34 am

    As disgusting as this is, I don’t think Jeffro minds, now.

  3. CGHill »

    29 October 2016 · 3:19 pm

    We’ve heard no complaints from him, you may be sure.

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