May 17, 2004

Basswood Leaf and Insect Incubators

Insect incubators on a basswood leaf. Image copyright Fred First

This morning, I manually deleted 147 comment spams. Before I'd had my coffee. Before I'd given any thought to what I might post this morning. And before I finished, I was angry. I have just a certain number of keystrokes left in these joints and this is not how I chose to spend them. For a moment there, I had decided to just leave the page with all it's comment-pollution as is for a week or two, good riddance, they can have it, I will find my expressive outlet somewhere else. Here I am at my two-year blogaversary. Maybe that's enough, I muttered. I'm starting to repeat myself repeating myself, so what th' heck. As I've said before, as blogs succumb to this crap, so goes the slugs' livelihood--a poetic sort of justice, maybe.

But no. I've resisted being overwhelmed by the ugly and disreputable things in the larger world outside our tiny realm, mostly, for two years. I've chosen not to rail (often) here against the evils (another good word gone to service of the current regime) in the world of politics and society or give up when there seemed very little point in offering the mundane in the face of overwhelming sadness in the world. And I won't give up now. I'll just recover from the comment-spam bottom feeders and do my best to keep focused on the fragments worthy of sharing.

Old Chinese proverb say: hungry man does not throw away the fish because of the bones.

Posted by fred1st at May 17, 2004 07:38 AM | TrackBack
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*147* comment spams? Damn. You *are* infested. There has to be some high-tech, high-falutin way to avoid this. I, unfortunately, have no idea what that might *be*, but rest assured that I feel for you. (147? Damn!)

Posted by: Lorianne at May 17, 2004 09:41 AM

ooops, I forgot to mention that I love the pic that accompanies this post. Consider this a "PS," not a spam! ;-)

Posted by: Lorianne at May 17, 2004 09:42 AM

Check this out - very simple method that should eliminate all the automated comment spam.
http://www.neilturner.me.uk/2003/Oct/02/a_sortof_solution.html

Posted by: Chris O'Donnell at May 17, 2004 01:40 PM

I got 300 yesterday and smugly advised you to try Type{ad. I have blocked the IP's and am waiting to see if this works

Posted by: Robert Paterson at May 17, 2004 08:00 PM

Blocking IP's is a waste of time. Spammers primarily use trojaned systems and stolen accounts. It is very rare that you see the same IP used twice.

Blocking the entire range for Europe and the Far East would be fairly successful, as many of the open relays used by spammers are over there. Of course, then you you are cutting of access to the 99% of folks over there that are not criminals.

Posted by: Chris O'Donnell at May 17, 2004 10:16 PM

Comment spam is cyber-Kudzu...banning IP's is a waste of time.

I'm running Jay Allen's Blacklist 1.63 and recommend it. The blacklist has to be manually updated, but compared to deleting the daily stream of spam, it's a piece of cake.

Posted by: feste at May 18, 2004 12:47 PM

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