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July 31, 2004

Spam Wars

***Dave reports on the Spam Wars. Spammers have adopted a new tactic of generating links to blogs that do not bother to weed out comment spam.

The result, as Jay Allen notes, is inevitable: the MT-Blacklist is going to start carrying blogs in it, sites that are not, themselves, comment spammers, but who (shades of Middle-Eastern geopolitics) lend shelter and support to spammers by not actively cleaning out their nests. Thus, Joe-Bob might suddenly find that MT-Blacklist-protected sites will no longer allow comments that link back to his blog, until such time as it gets cleaned out and de-blacklisted.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 31, 2004 10:52 AM

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Thanks for the quote (and for managing to excerpt a sentence with a typo. Eep!).

Posted by: ***Dave at July 31, 2004 01:35 PM

I missed the typo too! Now corrected.

The spammers have either passed me by lately or MTB is doing its job well. My latest irritation has been people carrying on an argument from closed posts into the comments of neighbouring posts. This is about the fastest way to get blacklisted and IP banned from the Flea...

Posted by: Flea at July 31, 2004 02:02 PM