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August 16, 2005

Just whining...

Back in April, when I was setting up this blog, I decided to 1) allow anonymous posts and 2) allow posts to appear without my preview and approval.

It's worked out fine, for the most part. Some people post anonynmously (just leave the name and email boxes in the comment section blank), some use a nom de plume and some use their real names. Whatever the case, I've not had a post so out-of-bounds that I felt the need to take it down.

However, the &*$#@(&#) blog spammers are driving me nuts. These cretins apparently are using spydering software to go through the content of blogs; when they find certain words, they send a comment with a link to their website.

The biggest offenders are online casinos. "Casino" appeared in a lot of my posts during the Isle of Capri controversy in Davenport, and those posts are constantly drawing comments like "Great site, mate" and a link to some online casino. An old post about insurance gets similar posts with links to insurance sites. And on and on.

I can slow the traffic some by blocking comments from the IP numbers at which the comments originate, but that's always a temporary fix. So I end spending some time every day deleting the crap. I can but hope there's a 10th circle in hell, reserved especially for these a-holes.

No real point here, I guess. Just whining. I'll shut up.

Posted by jcb at August 16, 2005 03:35 PM


I thought hell only had 7 levels. Probably once you get there, it really doesn't matter that much

Posted by: Anonymous at August 18, 2005 11:18 AM

Re-read your Dante.

Posted by: jcb at August 19, 2005 08:47 AM

However many circles there are, a new one needs to be invented for the spammers and spyware and pop-ups and all the other bandwidth wasters, ID snatchers, and computer performance drainers.

sigh. just joining you in your well-deserved whining.

Posted by: Fly_on_the_wall at August 19, 2005 02:30 PM

And within the special circle, an even "special-er" one for people like Jason Smathers, the AOL guy who sold 92 million screen names and email addresses to the spammers.

Posted by: jcb at August 19, 2005 03:12 PM

Why do you think I use my obviously fake email and have my own domain? I have 3 levels of filters before I even get the email to my home machine. It's not perfect, but took me from 1000 spam emails a day to around 50.

Posted by: Chris Hendrickx at August 31, 2005 05:39 PM