Wow. In the past three days, over five thousand spam posts here on this sub-blog alone. About a dozen made it through the spam filters and one had enough correctly-spelled words and proper English syntax to pass over the threshold for potentially being a real comment.

Sergei and Yoshii must have a lot of fake Viagra to unload. Anyway, I think I’ve got them all weeded out. Sorry for the annoyance.

Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering litigator. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Recovering Former Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.


  1. I actually find going through my spam filter kind of enjoyable. It makes me wonder about what, if anything, the spam comments ever accomplish. Is there someone out there who think “Hey, I really admire the thought process behind ‘Just found your blog. It is the best. Thanks for a great put-up. I will defanately think about this some more.’ and must know more about the intellectual giant who penned it,” and then click through. Do they then actually buy the Viagra or sign up for a time share?

    • “It makes me wonder about what, if anything, the spam comments ever accomplish.”

      Search-engine optimization (SEO, if you’re hep.) The posts are not meant to be clicked on, or even read; they’re meant to link a sales site to a more heavily-trafficked site in Google’s search algorithm, thereby increasing the sales site’s rank. Searching for “KNOCKOFF RED HARDLEE SHIRT” is more likely to return, say, “” if www.(etc) has a lot of popular sites linking to it–and having that link by the URL of a posted comment counts as a link.

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