Gut Rumbles
 

December 14, 2004

editing

I almost never delete troll comments from my blog. Other bloggers do, and that's their right, but I prefer to leave the shit right where it fell. Trolls do a good job of making fools of their own silly asses, so I let their words speak for themselves. They don't bother me much, unless they become TOO obnoxious.

But I DO spend an hour or so getting rid of comment spam every day. Spammers are one of the lowest forms of life on this planet, and I would gladly participate in a ritual evisceration if I ever got my hands on one. I'm all for making a dollar off the net if you can, but this shit is obscene.

I wrote a tearful post about the death of my best friend. What comes after some comments from people who understood my grief? SPAM, featuring cum-in-your-face porno, Asian anal sex, barnyard antics of beastiality, on-line Texas hold-'em, Direct TV, Viagra almost FREE and penis enhancement bullshit. I saw that crap and wanted to kill somebody.

But spammers don't care. They'd take a post titled "My Mama Died Today" and smear it with offers for Big Dicks in Teenage Pussies, Best Vicodin Online, Hot Gay Anal, Refinance Your Mortgage and Call ME for Wet Sex on the Phone.

Shitbags.

Yeah, I get rid of them. I just wish that I knew how to exterminate their asses once and for all. I may dance with prostitutes, but I would NEVER have anything to do with a comment spammer. Prostitutes have some things that even THEY won't do. The same can't be said for spammers.

They are the lowest of the low.

Comments

Acidman,

I'm a coding idiot, but I have noticed several blogs placing anti-spamming blocks on their comments section.

As an example, the guys at Wizbang! recently added a feature where you had to type in a randomly generated word/set of numbers before someone could enter a comment.

I have also seen a feature like this in use at the Protien Wisdom site. I dunno if you are interested or have thought of this before, but maybe it would help.

Sorry about your friend.

Posted by: Senator PhilABuster on December 14, 2004 04:54 PM

Acidman, since you're running on MovableType you need to look into getting MT-Blacklist, a fairly decent comment spam-blocking plugin. It's worked out very well for me so far.

http://www.jayallen.org/projects/mt-blacklist/

Posted by: J. Hagglund on December 14, 2004 05:03 PM

I almost never delete troll comments from my blog. Other bloggers do, and that's their right, but I prefer to leave the shit right where it fell. Trolls do a good job of making fools of their own silly asses, so I let their words speak for themselves. They don't bother me much, unless they become TOO obnoxious.

Yeah, trolls are very annoying.

Posted by: Mikelx on December 14, 2004 06:44 PM

Rob:

i'm gonna try one more time.

There are a number of things that can be done to cut WAAAAAY down on the amount of spam you are dealing with. The trick is to start with the basic ones and keep escalating until you hit a point you can live with. You start small because the bigger a hammer you use, the more the impact is felt by your regular, 'real' readers. which ia something you want to minimise.

I can discuss the options with you, and will implement the choices you decide on for you, if you are interested, but I need a reliable way to communicate with ya. Or ya can just tell me to piss off and I'll quit buggin' ya.

Lemme know.

Paul

Posted by: Light & Dark on December 15, 2004 12:22 AM

Note: Electric Venom charges commercial sites $100 per advertising-related comment. Ads are not posted until payment is received. Submission of a comment containing an advertisement for a commercial site is acceptance of these terms.

This is how Kate deals with it. The above quote comes up as part of every comment box. Talk to her. She can help you with WordPress if you're interested (and some other bloggers have made the switch). She's running her own hosting service. And being an attorney she might be better able to help you enforce your comment ad fees.

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on December 15, 2004 08:15 AM

Y'all, above, are being too nice and reasonable. I've said it before, I say it again:

Boltcutters. Fingers.

Posted by: Justthisguy on December 15, 2004 03:24 PM

"Big Dicks in Teenage Pussies"?

Errr you don't happen to have that link handy, do you?

Posted by: Kim du Toit on December 15, 2004 07:10 PM

Yeah, trolls are very annoying.

Only until they evolve.

Posted by: McGehee on December 16, 2004 01:31 PM
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