September 27, 2003

Blog spam, grrrr…

Okay, what’s with the blog spam? I’m now getting regular off-topic comments posted here that are advertisements for all kinds of crap that has nothing to do with Rhetorica. Sex ads. Prescription medication. You name it.

I am now officially sick of it.

How many of you are experiencing the same thing? What can we do about it?

UPDATE (1:35 p.m. 28 September): All of this blog spam–5 in the last 24 hours–is coming to one entry. I wonder why. What is it about this entry? Take a look, and let me know what you think.

19 Responses

  1. I have had only a couple spams over the last month or so and they appeared to be manual entries. One I don’t remember and the other was some Dean campaign thing.

    It would be a drag is the spammers came up with some automated way to hammer blogs!

  2. I haven’t experienced it. Hope I won’t. Can it be prevented by turning off the “remember me?” feature in pMachine and Movable Type commenting systems?

  3. Bill…I have no idea if that would help. I’ll give it a try.

    Steve…Yep, I received a Dean spam, but, considering my topic, I was okay with it.

    These are not automated messages, although I’m sure they are boilerplate. I think what’s happening is this: Some yutz creates a spam with html and then pastes it manually into the comments of as many blogs as he can.

    I’ve had 7 so far this month. That’s twice last months total. And the thought of it getting worse is a little disconcerting.

  4. Some browsers and the evil Gator software will automatical read your HTML and automatically fill certain field.

    But, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some program that automatically reads blogs and inserts spam into comments fields.

    I used to have a Website with a guestbook (remember those) and it quickly became filled with porn spam.

  5. cj 

    Michele over at A Small Victory appears to be suffering the same. She’s tried banning certain IP addresses (hasn’t helped much).

  6. I’m scared silly …

    … by what Dr. Andrew Cline says is commercial spam appearing in his comments. I used to have a guestbook (back in pre-blog days) and deleting porn spam was a constant hassle. Other bloggers are starting to report similar problems. Is the solution to …

  7. I’ve now had three today.

    I tried to e-mail bomb the last SOB, but, of course, the address was bogus.

  8. yep, i get them to will it ever stop?

  9. Who knows? But I intend to fight back. I’ll have an announcement tomorrow.

  10. an announcement are you running for governer of california? hehe, i always enjoy a good announcement

  11. Comment Spam

    Are you having problems with spammers dirtying your comment threads? Head over to Rhetorica and read here and here. Let’s all join Andrew in the effort to snuff comment spam!…

  12. I am having the same problem. It is also concentrated on two posts from several months ago. Are they trying to hide their spam? If so, whats the point to that since spam is meant to be seen. I keep banning the IP and thye keep coming back.

  13. I think the point is Google search position more than hits.

    Go the the main weblog (link at the top) and read the new material on this. Jay Allen’s script kills this stuff dead.

    It’s only going to get worse. I had about 5 in 2 months, 7 over the weekend, and 20 this morning. Allen’s script killed those 20.

  14. Peter 

    Great comments guys. Peter FDA

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