The Upside To The Spam Invasion

I just went through and deleted 11 comments that made it through the filter. It’s a real pain (and I suspect Burt is doing more than I am on this front), but there is an upside: It’s drawing attention to old posts. I commented on one of Elias’s without even realizing how old it was and maybe doing a follow-up post over here. We have a great backlog of material, and the spambots are finding them for us.


(You can leave now. Seriously.)

UPDATE BY BURT LIKKO ON 3/24/12: Spam count now exceeds 31,000 since this started on Friday. That’s a lot of fake viagra.

Will Truman

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  1. This is a wonderful post, and I’d like to thank you for bringing attention to the issue.

      • And I’d have gotten away with it, too, if not for that meddling gravatar.

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  3. Is it possible to close out comments automatically after a certain number days (like 30 or 60?) Most of the stuff currently in ‘Gifts of Gab’ are from posts from last year or earlier.

    • I’m looking into it. Our spam just on the sub-blog has now exceeded 18,000 comments. Apologies to anyone whose real comment was swept up in my policing against it.

  4. There is quite a backlog of great material.
    And I was rather pleased at how prolific Burt had been lately until I noticed the dates.

    • I keep hoping my schedule will relent. Eventually it will. Patience. In the meantime, do enjoy the archives!

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