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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spammity Spam...

Got an interesting e-mail the other day:
Hi Jay,

I came across your website and wanted to notify you about a broken link on your page in case you weren't aware of it. The link on [link to my website's July 2007 archive] which links to [random link not on my blog] is no longer working. I've included a link to a useful page with a list of professional organizations that record U.S. and world statistics that you could replace the broken link with if you're interested in updating your site. Thanks for providing a great resource!

Link: [spammer link removed because DIE IN A FIRE SPAMMER]

Best,
[random first name kept similar to spammy spam spam gmail address]
I'll give partial credit for being more than a comment with a dozen FAKEUGGBOOTS link embedded, but really? They can't even be bothered to pick a post at random with a link in it and use that real link to try and replace with their link. I mean, I understand that spammers can't all be some bizarre form of zombie Shakespeare with product Tourettes, but at least make it interesting for us...

And while I'm on the topic of spam, WTF happened to Blogger? The spam filter *used* to be pretty good - all anonymous comments on posts published longer than 14 days prior automatically went into the "Spam" folder. This correctly identified ~ 99% of all spam comments as spam. Anonymous comments on current posts would be published if no links were contained, and would go into the "Moderation Required" folder if they had links. Again, this worked well.

This morning there were 39 comments in my "Needs Moderation" folder. All 39 of them were anonymous, contained links, and were made on posts up to and including 5 years ago. This is doing spam moderation wrong, Blogger. I am very reluctant to turn off anonymous commenting - I know there's a bunch of folks that comment anonymously, and that many would simply refrain rather than sign up. I grok that, and I'd rather you comment (I love comments. I really do. I stand in awe of folks like Larry Correia that can get 7 million comments on a single post).

In closing, I'd just like to say, DIE IN A FIRE SPAMMER.

That is all.

6 comments:

bluesun said...

Can you turn off comments on posts older than [your chosen time increment here], at least? I know it's an option with Wordpress, anyway.

David said...

I've been getting this one too. In my case they picked a link that was in the post, but still working. I ignored it, and the spammer has followed up three times!

Erin Palette said...

Comment moderation software, my friend. It takes all of 30 seconds to register for something like Disqus and not only do you never need worry about spammers again, your commenters don't have to input captchas each time.

Jay G said...

I fucking HATE Disqus. Slow, buggy, fails often, and I don't like it...

Ain't gonna happen, no way, no how.

Farmgirl said...

I've been getting the "I write for this thing that's totally unrelated to what you write about but I'd love to do a guest post for you!" emails.

Mesothelioma and veterans, was the latest. Sometimes all I can think is WTF? So I don't even answer for a few days.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Ha! I noticed the same thing and made tomorrow post on this subject...