October 22, 2004

Damn You, Spam

I blew away a few (6, to be specific) legitimate comments while dealing with a new barrage of spam this morning. This is also why the shotgun post has not yet gone up. I have recreated the comments from backup copies. Unfortunately, I cannot easily restore the correct order of some of the comments. Apologies to all.

Posted by James at October 22, 2004 11:30 AM
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I thought you had spam blocking of some sort? I've noticed you seem to be getting TONS of spam comments.

Posted by: Chuck S. at October 22, 2004 12:30 PM

I do. And it helps quite a bit in deleting the spam that gets through. In the last few days the blacklist has turned away hundreds of spam comments.

I'm popular... with the spammers.

Posted by: James at October 22, 2004 12:35 PM

In fact, it looks like the spammers really are pummeling my site. The blacklist has turned away as many spam comments in the past 5 days as it had in the previous 3 1/2 months. So, spam attempts against this site have gone up by an order of magnitude this month.

Posted by: James at October 22, 2004 12:38 PM

I've got a hypothesis: The spammers figure anything with reference to Kerry or Bush will have readers, so they target such sites.

Since we hash politics constantly, your site is a mega target.

Posted by: Patti M. at October 22, 2004 4:18 PM

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