Gut Rumbles

October 31, 2004


If I wwere still working today, I don't know if I would have time to blog anymore. I spend AT LEAST one hour every day Blacklisting and deleting spam messages in my comments. They all come from the Usual Suspects (bob, top, angrygirrl, notspam) and when banned on one address, they just come right back with a new one.

Some people are shutting down their comments rather than deal with this shit-lanche and some people are getting off Movable Type because of it. The spammers suck, what they do sucks and they are the scum of the earth, worse than festering boils on a wino's ass.

I rant frequently that we have too many laws in this country, but what these assholes are doing to blogs should be illegal. Even better, just put a bounty on them and reward say, $10,000 per head (or $5,000 per ear if you're into taking kill-trophies) to whoever discovers their true identities and kills them. I'll gladly contribute to the reward fund.

If you emailed me and I didn't reply, your mail likely was deleted because it was buried in spam. Bejus! I HATE those fuckers!!!


The asshat would probably cut off his own ear so he could claim the reward.

Posted by: Chris on October 31, 2004 05:48 PM


Posted by: Sam on October 31, 2004 05:56 PM

It's totally out of control. Now they send file packets too large for my host to accept, and I can't even use Blacklist as a result to despam. I have to do it manually.

Scumfuckers. I'll chip in on that reward, if I get to keep a piece of ear.

Posted by: Velociman on October 31, 2004 06:06 PM

It's not much help, but you can sue in small claims court if you can find out who they are using the FAX machine rulings against unsolicited advertising.

Posted by: John Anderson on October 31, 2004 07:32 PM

Acidman, please check your posted email address for a rather long email I sent you on this subject. I hope it will help.

Posted by: weaselteeth on October 31, 2004 07:58 PM

What if you close comments on posts over a couple days old? Granted, I haven't got the traffic you get, but it's helped me.

Posted by: og on October 31, 2004 08:53 PM


What version of MT do you use? I recently upgraded mine and it allows for much easier management of spam and spam deletion. I used to spend that kind of time but now it just takes a couple of minutes to delete them.

Posted by: Wayne on October 31, 2004 09:27 PM

Tragic, innit? Any time there's something good, there will always be some fucktard who will shit all over it. Especially if (they think) there's some money to be made.

Death to spammers!

Posted by: Steve on October 31, 2004 11:25 PM

On a few blogs I've seen a feature where an image is displayed that contains a word. The word is written in irregular letters and there is also "noise" in the background. A human can read the word but optical character recognition software doesn't stand a chance. The commenter types the word he sees and the comment is accepted only if it's correct. I've also seen this on certain commercial sites that want to prevent automated buying, such as Ticketmaster. Is something like this available for MT?

Posted by: RadarRider on November 1, 2004 12:52 AM

Yeah, it's available from the MT plug-ins page off their website.
Kind of a pain to get to work though.

Posted by: Graumagus on November 1, 2004 01:27 AM

I haven't seen the type-the-word-in-this-image system before for MT. I'll check into that. The built-in deal with MT 3.0 allows for approval of comments, which lines them all up in one place where you can kill them. Rob would have to approve all the welcome comments but that doesn't take much time either -- at least by comparison. I don't bother with blacklisting IP numbers anymore.

Posted by: Wayne on November 1, 2004 09:51 AM

Download James Seng's Turing test, install it, and stop whining. I did it weeks ago, and since then, I've had ONE comment spam.

Posted by: Steve H. on November 1, 2004 10:04 AM

Yeah, at Chapin Nation (where I blog) Bernard shut down comments too. He just chose not to deal with it. We still get e-mail, but it's not the same.

Posted by: Pete on November 1, 2004 02:06 PM

You need to continually check for new updates to the once every couple of weeks Rob!!!

Posted by: chris on November 1, 2004 03:26 PM

Upgrade to MT 3.121 (or whatever the current version is). Then download the plugin pack from MT's website and install the new and improved MT-Blacklist.

I added it yesterday to stop some brutal trackback spam that showed up at my site over the weekend. It worked instantly on the trackbacks. I also had comment approval and TypeKey required to prevent getting slammed. With the new MT-Blacklist, I can open commenting again (although I still accept TypeKey comments, which are posted immediately).

MT-Blacklist also stops any suspicious comments and forces you to approve them before they are posted. If they are spam, you can add them to the watchlist.

It's much better then before and worth the upgrades of MT and MT-BL.

Posted by: joe on November 1, 2004 03:50 PM

Explorer will always be the best browser. Don"t you dare install Firefox or we will sue you.

IE Team

Posted by: IE Team on November 14, 2004 03:25 PM

nice site, was glade to see it...

Posted by: steff sine on November 16, 2004 05:02 PM
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