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Friday, November 13, 2009

What in the world?

This is a short post this morning because I'm a bit busy, but here's the thing: lately I've been getting a lot of spam on the blog. And I mean a LOT of spam. Four or five times a day I'm seeing comments that are clearly from spam bots trying to sell crap ranging from survival supplies to drugs to make your wang bigger. You don't see these comments, because of the moderation policy, but I see every blessed one of them. And the best part is that about half of them recently have been in cyrillic. Nothing like trying to figure out if someone is spamming you in a foreign language to brighten up your day, although I'm usually aided by the fact that "Cialis" apparently doesn't have a cyrillic transliteration.

And it doesn't stop there, either! Lately I've been getting an equal number of spams e-mailed directly to One person who apparently contributes to a site advertising Christian Universities wanted to write a guest post for me. Here's a hint: I'm a staunch atheist and don't usually have nice things to say about places that refer to themselves as "Christian" universities. As such, I'm probably not your best lead. Later, I received an e-mail from some idiots who want me to advertise their pathology website based on my interest in communicable disease. That wouldn't be so weird given my interest in vaccines, but the post they referenced in their e-mail was this extended joke about graduate school!

Seriously, what in the holy hell is going on lately?

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Blogger Jay Livingston said...

Six weeks ago, I got four or five spam comments. They were on ancient posts that wouldn't appear if you just went to the home page. And they were in Chinese. Ads for Sino-porn. Like the following (NSFW)


Friday, November 13, 2009 12:14:00 PM  
Blogger Drek said...

Great, Jay, thanks! Now, because of you, I have an ad for Chinese porn in my comments section. Way to slip that one in!

Friday, November 13, 2009 12:44:00 PM  
Blogger Jay Livingston said...

Sorry. I thought you'd be amused by the puns and the various allusions to Bourdieu.

Friday, November 13, 2009 1:08:00 PM  
Blogger Ken Houghton said...

Word recognition. Pathology in the title can only have one definition, and sending e-mail is free for spammers.

Fairly simple web search; Google indicates about 8.66 million hits for "pathology." Now, if you're looking for something specific, you cull that search. If you're spamming, you just send to everyone. (Same cost to you; send an e-mail to 8.66MM or 5MM for the same price.)

Friday, November 13, 2009 2:31:00 PM  
Blogger John said...

Hey, I hear you. When I started blogging, I was amazed at all the spam and junk. I found out though that I need to slog through the spam because sometimes good comments get caught in the spam filter, and I've missed a few by not looking for them.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 7:08:00 AM  
Blogger Jay Livingston said...

I didn't even know that Blogger has a spam filter. I can't find it on my Dashboard. Where is it? Or does it only apply if you choose to moderate the comments?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 8:23:00 AM  
Blogger Marf said...

Yeah, I've been getting quite a few spam comments lately, too.

Sunday, November 22, 2009 2:15:00 PM  

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