Monday, August 17, 2009

The wall of shame

(UPDATE) Shortly after I posted this, sure enough, a comment spammer hit on it! He was terminated immediately.

Spammers are the scum of the Earth. Comment spammers are the dingleberries on the butt end of spammers. Honestly, it's a lot of work for damned little return. But even worse are those companies who hire comment spammers to clog up our blogs.

So there's something we can do about it.

I'm introducing the CycleDog Wall of Shame where those companies that hire comment spammers will be listed (sans hyperlinks, of course) as a means of informing people about the unsavory advertising practices they use. It's not any different from those annoying "car warranty" calls that were flooding cellular phones this summer. I was wishing for a button that would make their phones explode.

On to the list! It includes (so far) comment spammers here on CycleDog as well as those who've engaged in this unsavory practice on other blogs that forward comments to me. cheesy website devoted to selling shoes. same cheesy website as above. by 'Jessica' with a link to a loan shark. Jessica, you're a whore. by 'Sahara Thompson' with a link to a discount Viagra site. Someone, perhaps Sahara, has issues with the ole Johnson.

Why bother? It's like playing whack-a-mole. I'm tempted to turn on comment moderation, but since I can't access CycleDog during the day, it would slow down the process. For now, I'll leave the comment settings as they are, but please be aware that if this turns into a tsunami of spam, I'll change it.


Blogger Keri said...

Sounds like Blogger needs to upgrade its filters.

The spammers seem to have cracked some code lately. The CO forum spam filter was catching most of them until about a month ago, now it requires regular attention to weed them out of our membership.

OTOH, the Wordpress Akismet filter is rock solid. The buggers rarely escape that.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Rantwick said...

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11:23 PM  
Blogger Rantwick said...

I hadn't ever received unrelated comments, until I posted a blof piece with the word 1mp0tent in the title... what was I thinking?

As you can see, I'm learning...

11:26 PM  
Blogger Rantwick said...

*blog! I'm learning some things, but not how to spell, it would seem.

11:27 PM  

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