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Comment-spamming

17 May 2005

skyet Hmmm...
I've been comment-spammed for the first time in my life. Quite an event ;-(
My Dad called me, quite calmly telling me I'd been spammed. Not really shook up or anything, just don't know why people do this? How in God's name did he even arrive at my site? How much time must he have on his hands to be able to manually post this spam? Oh well, shrug...
Reading the comments on his only entry in his weblog (yes - he even has a weblog, and leaves the comments of angry, pissed, spammees for everyone to enjoy ;-)!), I suppose I wasn't the first and certainly not the last. But what the heck? Who cares? *Deep sigh*...

Updated 19 October 2006, by Sebastiaan Naafs - van Dijk

Since this summer I've been spammed consistently by one or more commentspammers. It's now getting to the point where it's becoming quite annoying. On a daily basis I receive around 5 spam comments. Usually I respond by removing the comments via my CMS, but sometimes I keep the commentspam to see if I can detect a pattern. Then once in a while I adjust my filter to make sure that the spammers are blocked. Of course this only works for a couple of days and then we're at it again. I cannot understand the motivation of these poor souls doing this. The only thing they achieve is an annoyed and angry weblogger, who will go out of his way NOT to click on the links and consequently try and get the URL's that are being posted blocked by the ISP's.

Anyways, I'm looking into different forms of commentspam traps or filters, or adding a CAPTCHA-like system to my commentform. I really would prefer not to do this, as I beleive this to be a hurdle honest commenters shouldn't be forced to make. Time will tell what action follows. For now I can only ask my commentspammers to please stop what they're doing and make their spamrobots stop polluting the honest web and it's hard-typing bloggers.

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Comments

  1. Sebastiaan posted:
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    ...and again. Wonder if Blogger has a remedy for this? How can we sue the persons doing this? Anyone out there know about this?

    ... on 21 May 2005 @ 21:44

  2. Sebastiaan posted:
    2

    Three days, that's all the time I got before the comment spammers found a new set of things they wanted to bring to the vast market of people visiting our weblog. And yet again they have chosen this post to spam - what an irony! Hey, at least we've got comment-spammers with a sense of humour ;-).

    Hopefully you do us a favour and do NOT visit their websites, as traffic generated to their sites from our weblog only will increase their spamming on our website!

    I'll continue to remove the spam as soon as it appears. Hopefully I won't be forced to introduce the CAPTHCA or any other form of login for those of you who want to place comments to our posted stories!

    ... on 24 October 2006 @ 09:00

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