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Monday: February 6, 2006

Permanent Relief or Temporary Respite?

Filed under: — site admin @ 10:22 PM UTC

Over the last two or three months, spam comments on my two sites gradually increased from less than 200 per day, which was bad enough, to 300, then 400, then 500, and so on, peaking at around 900 per day, at which point they outnumbered genuine comments by 500:1 or more and forced me to spend half an hour or more per day deleting the filthy things. Though I have been unable to install any software solution, some time last week the flood suddenly turned into a trickle. I’m now getting a very manageable 30-40 per day, and the last two comments on this site were both genuine. It’s been months since I’ve had the pleasure of approving two in a row.

I wonder what happened. Were all the spam comments coming from a single spammer ? If so, has he been kicked off his ISP? Arrested? (I hope so.) Assassinated by rival spammers? (Even better, and there have been some hints that many of the comments were coming from Russia.) Or have his ill-gotten profits allowed him to retire to the Riviera and give up spamming entirely? Most disquieting: is my relief purely temporary? Perhaps spammers all take their vacations this time of year, or go to a spammer convention in Acapulco. Time will tell, but so far I’m enjoying the extra free time.

2 Comments

  1. Upgrade to WP2.0. It’s got spam-killing built in. If you’ve got time to delete 400 spam comments, you’ve definitely got time to do that.

    Comment by Scott Chaffin — Thursday: February 9, 2006 @ 12:11 PM UTC

  2. Who knows where they went?
    Perhaps the spammers disappeared into a magical land where the rivers flow with Dr. Hung’s herbal formula, where mortgage rates are low, where Cialis, Levitra and Viagra grow on trees, where the men are strong as steel and last longer – and the women are all Russian anal lesbian fisters.

    God bless their little hearts.

    - bl0rf

    Comment by bl0rf — Thursday: February 9, 2006 @ 10:38 PM UTC

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