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§ Dear moron who's been manually spamming my blog for three days, please stop

Dear moron,

Stop spamming my blog with bogus comments linking to your stupid web development website. I'm tired of having to manually clean out your phony posts that pitifully attempt to look like real posts and continually add more IP blocks to my block filter. It's been three days and more than three dozen posts and this is getting really old.

Pissed off,
Avery Lee, pissed off webmaster of virtualdub.org

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We're dying to know, is the spam topic viagra or cheap mortgages?

Trimbo (link) - 16 10 09 - 18:02


Neither, it's for a web app company. I think the web address was misspelled a couple of times, too.

Every day the guy's been logging on from a new IP address and then adding bogus comments to random blog postings on this site with a token attempt to make it look valid, with a link embedded to the website. Sometimes it's a generic "very useful, thanks for posting this" and sometimes it contains contextual cut and pasted phrases from other comments. It's slightly less obvious than the truckload of link drive-bys that used to happen, but it's still glaringly obvious since I receive notifications in plain text and the links stand out.

I've had to deal with this annoying game of whack-a-mole on the forums for some time. I put a custom hack into the account creation path a while ago, so it's pretty obvious that the spammers are doing so manually, especially when they add or remove underscores from their email address and try re-registering to evade a ban. This is by far the most persistent one I've ever seen, though. At this rate I'll discover all of the C-blocks owned by British Telecom.

My guess is that these are people employed under some bogus affiliate program -- you know, so that the parent company can deny responsibility. Want to know why you might not have gotten a response to a post or an email? It's partly because I have to waste time dealing with idiots like this.

Phaeron - 16 10 09 - 18:33


I get those for a few months now. Sometimes they find their way through the spamfilter which gets annoying at times. Worst thing so far were two days on which I got around 700800 of those (72 not blocked due to short spam filter service outage). I doubt it's actually a person posting them :-)

Joey (link) - 16 10 09 - 21:41


Sure it's not markov spam?

nine - 16 10 09 - 22:26


Can't you just add some of the specific words of the URL to the spam filter (if there is one), so that any of his posts go automatically to the trash bin ? (even if all of the words in the url are pretty generic and could come into actual comments, you just put them on the list for a few days, enough for the retard to GO AWAY)

I realize you said he made spelling mistakes, but you could also add anumber of these "variations" in the spam filter list. It wouldn't cover all of them, but it might at least make your job easier.

ParkerLewis - 16 10 09 - 22:28


How about holding back all comments that contain a link and were posted by somebody who hasn't yet posted (you could use the e-mail address as a form of identification)?

ender - 17 10 09 - 02:39


as now leave comment on your blog altirra.
that I did not write a password is required.
when work again?

breaker - 17 10 09 - 04:17


Aha, now it is clear. :)
phaeron, make the picture with the code.
spammers will be harder to worse.

breaker - 17 10 09 - 04:24


Apologies, I changed the posting name/password and updated the tag that appears in the authentication field, but I forgot to update the instructions on the comment form.

For the record, I'm trying not to do things that require writing PHP code, which some of these suggestions would require.

It could be autogenerated spam, but it looked a bit more sophisticated than the parses-but-doesn't-compile kind of autogenerated prose I've seen in the past.

Phaeron - 17 10 09 - 07:35

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