Gut Rumbles

April 11, 2006

he's back, too!

Jimbo was on a drunken binge out of service for almost a week due to some spam problems that crashed his site. He's back now, after sloshing through some computer shit in boots and waders. Heh. The way he describes his programming expertise reminds me of ME. I've been blogging for four years now and I STILL remain a computer fucktard.

But I feel Jimbo's pain about the spam. I had some very good help from Paul, the golden god of shit I don't understand (and who hasn't posted on his site since December 8th), who got rid of MY major spam problems over a year ago. I still owe the guy a steak dinner if we ever meet up in person.

Paul's fix, however, appears to be out of commission now. The spammers are back, defecating all over my site with their links to porn, on-line gambling, discount cigarettes and other crap. I'm still getting about 50 spam comments and trackbacks per day, even though my Blacklist has swelled to bursting. I spend about 30 minutes to an hour every day, just deleting those bastards and adding to the Blacklist.

I'm really surprised that no one has complained about being banned accidentally. I almost took out all of Blogspot the other day before I realized what I was doing. If I haven't done any collateral damage through Blacklisting, it's a fricking miracle.

I suppose that trolls and spammers are just the price you pay for blogging, but that doesn't mean I have to like the low-life vandals. I would like them even LESS if they crashed my site the way they did Jimbo's.

I've got an idea for how to treat spammers that I stole adopted from the great and powerful himself:

Rope + Tree + Spammer. Some assembly required.

Welcome back, Jim!


Don't forget the tar and feathers.

Posted by: BobG on April 11, 2006 10:38 AM

Thanks, Rob. As for spammers, you can't hang 'em high enough or quick enough to suit me.

Posted by: Jim -PRS on April 11, 2006 11:06 AM

installing a "close comments" plugin reduces the spam to zero. ive found that if folks are going to comment, they will do so within the first seven days the post is up. your site may be different but you can close comments at any time period you wish. most spamming attacks posts much further back in the past so they can remain hidden.

since i installed a "close comments" plugin, ive not had ANY problem with spammers except when i forget to run the program for three weeks or so.

Posted by: mr. helpful on April 11, 2006 02:06 PM

I never get spammers. Ever.

'Course I also have to suffer with the limitations of Haloscan commenting.

And it might be becaue I only get 50 readers a day.


One of the few advantages of obscurity.

Posted by: Desert Cat on April 12, 2006 01:03 AM

Dr. Jerry Pournelle had a really good suggestion a while back - "Godfather, Inc."...

Sounds good to me!

Posted by: Old Wierd Ward on April 13, 2006 10:55 PM
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