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04/26/2005
Entry: "comment spam bassards"

As some of you may be aware by now, I am currently undergoing wave after wave of “comment spam” for ***** and various online ******** joints in my comments area. At first I was spending a considerable amount of time deleting each and every post that appeared. Although eventually I will transition on to a different system for my comments, one that has the ability to block comment spam, I’ve decided to hold off on that for a little bit. Right now I am really pissed that we have certain low-life scumbags who apparently have nothing better to do with their time than to post comment spam advertising online ******** on my site. Rather than taking the time out of my day to delete their garbage on a daily basis, I’ve decided to have a bit of reverse fun with them myself until I decide to change my site again in order to prevent this from happening in the future. I’ve decided to go right ahead and let them post their garbage in my comments…I’m just going to use the “search & replace feature” in my GreyMatter to search for all the posts left by any online ******** joints and replace the text they left with text of my own choosing. For example, one rather persistent joint that keeps harassing my site on a daily basis is a site that signs on my blog as “best online *****” or “best online ********” along with a whole paragraph telling the reader how great their site is…Using the search and replace feature in GreyMatter, I went through my archives and replaced “best online *****” with “ABSOLUTELY WORST online *****” and I replaced their paragraph with one of my own, basically letting folks know they are a scam and the worst site ever for online *****. I also will warn folk that if they visit that site they will get a virus on their PC. So in actuality whenever they post something on my site about their garbage, what really will end up posting when I get done with it will be a message warning folk away from their site because of a risk of catching a computer virus if you visit them. Serves the bassards right!

p.s....I am not a tech-head so can someone shed light on this for me, k? Anyone have any ideas as to another comment thingy to use in order to cut down on comment spam? My blog is powered by GreyMatter, can I use a different program (such as HaloScan, etc.) for my comments while still using GreyMatter as my blog? If so, what would you recommend? I just don't feel like going through all the drama of changing up my whole blog again. Any suggestions?

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on Sunday, May 1st, 2005 @ 11:47 PM EST
France said

What a pain in the butt that is! I do remember Cheryl having issues with it a while ago & moving on to something else. I myself can't comprehend MT, Greymatter, etc. so I had no choice but to stick with Haloscan. It works fine for me. Hope you find something that works for you soon.

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on Thursday, April 28th, 2005 @ 11:01 PM EST
Frank said

Hey mr. Greg. Sorry to hear that you're going thru such dire straits brother. Well, I went straight to Haloscan as my comments page.

The Upside is it's very easy to create and maintain, and I haven't had one spammed comment in over a year since its inception. The downside is, ANYONE can sign the comments box even non-bloggers, which in a way is why I got it. I have a couple of buddies who have no desire to create their own blogs but they can read mine and leave a comment behind.

Another bad thing is the comments section is limited to 1,000 characters I believe. Only long-winded people should be worried about this (yours truly)

The hot thing now seems to be MT where blog owners can weed out commentors who sign in and say *Yikes!* bad words "before" they post to the world or a comment that the blog owner may not like. And you get to delete that comment if you choose. How cool is that? For ease go with Haloscan. For deep down and grimey security and funkee lil features, go with Moveable Type my friend. But be prepared to reap the whirlwind. I heard its involving. Good luck to you buddy.

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on Thursday, April 28th, 2005 @ 02:39 PM EST
chele said

oh my god is he going south with the rest of us...
I agree and wordpress and b2 are installed on a lot of servers already...
is wordpress is so easy.. and I know that Carla and Cheryl would help you on that Movabletype stuff...
come one over to the syndicated side.
m

Yeah dear...I finally succumb to the dread spam comment disease that stalked most of my blog buddies last year...I don't care how easy you say wordpress is or any of the others, trust me when I say I aint no tech-head...I most definitely will be asking BOTH Cheryl and Carla for help when that time comes most def! Hold a seat for me in syndication! :o) Greggy

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on Thursday, April 28th, 2005 @ 01:49 PM EST
Don said

Alas, someone fights back! Great idea! I haven't been spammed, yet, but this sounds like a great defense. Now if there were an answer for email.

Yeah...I know it's mainly symbolic since it's not really a defense, it doesn't stop or deter them any since the posting is probably done automatically with a spam comment robot thingy no doubt...But it sure feels good to do even a symbolic gesture against them bassards..I'll probably change my blog engine from GreyMatter to something different soon though, all because of a few mindless clowns....*sigh* Email spam is here to stay I believe, just like blog spam, and now we even got to worry about cell phone spam...???..g

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on Tuesday, April 26th, 2005 @ 08:55 PM EST
JENNY said

i hate comment spam!! i get it on my guestbook everyday!! its soooo annoying =[ angry, grr

I know dear...short of adopting a program that limits spammers ability to multi-post, it's pretty much the way of life on the internet now-a-days *sigh* Even though my little devious plan to "reverse advertise" for them is purely symbolic, it just makes me feel a little bit better knowing I do have final control of what appears on my site after all...LOL...peace friend!...greggy

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on Tuesday, April 26th, 2005 @ 04:51 PM EST
HumanityCritic said

That is a good idea greggy. Or, since you are my boy, how about we find these culprits and handle it "black blogger style"!!..lol Just let a brother know...

See that...I knew I could count on The Master of Neck Chop Therapy to come through for me...that's brotherly love for ya! LOL. Brother HC, I'll keep your biz card handy just in case, but for right now I got a little bit of reverse advertising to do for these suckas! Since they want to be persistent and act the foo up, well...hell hath no fury like a Black Blogger pissed! :o) greggy

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on Tuesday, April 26th, 2005 @ 12:15 PM EST
Cheryl said

smileI had my temper tantrum regarding spam many moons ago.

Greggy I suggest removing Greymatter. Many hosts won't accept GM anymore because Noah is no longer supporting it and it leaves many loopholes for viruses and spammers. I use Movable Type, but others use Wordpress with good results also. I haven't seen comment spam in many months honestly. There are 3 features that MT offers, 1. No follow script which blocks spiders from spidering your links so that spammers don't follow your link in the first place. 2. MT Blacklist. A script that blocks spammers that are on the list or you can add them to the list so that nobody gets that spam again. 3. TypeKey which is an identifier added to MT blogs making people sign up for a password, and identity so that you can comment on blogs while giving the owner the assurance that you've already been prechecked as a non-spammer.
My suggestion is to remove GM altogether and try Typepad or MT or WP.
smile

Hmm...OK Cheryl...I think I will follow your advice shortly...it's just that I swear to you not, I am no tech-head, hell I had to get someone else to install my GreyMatter blog for me back in the day, I can maintain it once it's in there but installing it was beyond my comprehension...are the other programs hard to install and maintain? Which one is the best one in your opinion? Will any/all of them still allow me design freedom with my own images and templates? A million Q's and no desire to tackle any major coding issues on my part are what's holding me back right now...I do plan on removing GreyMatter by my next bkgrnd change though...Have a good day today!...greggy

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