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June 26, 2006, by Léon Krijnen

SP@Mmed!!!!!   

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Beginning bloggers will probably love them. But those who, either for work of for fun, are confronted daily with hundreds of spams, and stupid or rude posts and reactions, is wondering it might be time to start looking for another job - and hobby.

Beginning bloggers will probably love them. But those who, either for work of for fun, are confronted daily with hundreds of spams, and stupid or rude posts and reactions, is wondering it might be time to start looking for another job - and hobby.

My own blog has become such a mess that Í was forced to start moderating all comments. The good thing is that spam postings concerning porn, Viagra, online casino's and mortgage sellers are no longer published automatically, the bad news that I have to check, read and click around, at least a couple of times per day.

Translation in Dutch at @ DutchCowboys

If the increase of spam was corresponding with visits and page views I probably wouldn't mind that much, but all spam on my blog is dumped there by the bloody bots of the spam posters.

From a tech point of view an interesting duel between the spammers bots and the new patches or new anti-spam measures for different content management systems, but I'm afraid this is going to be a never ending draw for years to come.

Our newspaper content management system - knock on wood - isn't pestered at all by spam postings. Not because it's such an intelligent system, but because it's too rare, compared tot the blog systems used by millions of bloggers. Spammers write scripts for those systems, and don't bother to tailor them for a system that's used for a few portals.

Having said that: I have to spend an ever growing part of my valuable time at the hundreds of portal postings put there by humans every day. They all have to be read, and validated or rejected.

I guess about fifty percent of them meets our requirements: a valid (which means valid-looking) email address, real name, decent use of language, a least some comprehensible content.

The other half is mainly crap, hogwash, garbage, junk, trash or litter. Tirades, verbal onslaught, cursing, e-mail address bull@shit.com, postings completely in CAPITAL, which on the web is the equivalent of screaming and shouting.

Remarkable: a space after a punctuation mark is hardly ever used. Not very surprising is that number one of most used marks is exclamation: !!!!!!

Posted: June 26, 2006 12:58 PM (414 words).   

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