Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Egg, Bacon, Spam, Baked Beans, Spam, Sausage and Spam






Spammity spam, wonderful spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam! That seems to be on the menu lately and frightfully often too. Is it me or has there been an influx of spam recently?

Comments is something we bloggers love so please dear reader, keep them coming.  But spamments? Not so much!

It's very annoying when your blog gets hit by spamments. At one time a fully paid up member of the SadPeopleRUs society left 12 spamments on 1 of my posts. Twelve! How silly is that? Of course I removed them all forthwith. Fortunately this doesn't happen all that often. What does happen with nauseatingly regularity is spam left on older blog posts. The reasoning behind this tactic is probably that you are too lazy to search for that old post and remove the spam. Ha, how little do they know me. 

Blogger has been busy developing new thingumabobs and has given us, apart from the word verification thingy that stops spam bots, a new little tool to help fight evil spam! And fight it we will for the sake of Christmas, puppydogs, and fluffy kittens and stuff!



If you haven't discovered the latest Blogger Fight-That-Evil-Spam thingy yourself here's how you do it:
-go to Settings
-Click on Comments
- scroll down a bit till you reach comment moderation on posts older than ..
- fill in how many days you want
-save settings

This way you'll never have to hunt for spam on older posts ever again.

Of course you could also opt for moderating all comments before they appear on your blog but I personally am not that keen to spam-sit (simply can't be bothered) so I've chosen not to go that route.

Copyright 2010 Y.E.W. Heuzen

27 comments:

fairegarden said...

Hi YE, that Monty Python bit was always a fave with me, still gets a chuckle every time! We like spam to eat, sort of, on occasion, rarely, not so much anymore, but the spam of which you speak is an abomination. We were getting it on the old blogger posts, we do use the email notification, control issues you know, and ended up removing comments on them. Wordpress has a very fine gadget that automatically puts spam where it belongs, for you to delete or approve as you see fit. Wordpress sometimes will put a real comment in there, but it is easy to fix, usually if there are links in the comment.
Frances

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Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Spam does my head in - although wordpress puts them in a spam box i get so many that the thought of trawling through just in case there was a real comment there was mind blowing.

Last year I set wordpress so that no one can comment on a post i think older than 2 weeks - it cut my spam from 200 a day to 9

If you can do this now on blogger do it it saves so much grief.

Chookie said...

The Geek tells me that they leave spam with links on old blog posts so that it improves the link's ranking on Google.

I have put captcha on my blog too.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I hadn't had any spam in ages and yes, lately I have had some to delete. Not on old posts though. I found that comment thingy some time ago and put it on since I had some spam on old posts. It is so annoying to get that spam.

NellJean said...

Setting the comment ID to Google and Open ID will prevent spam without approval and word verification. HOWEVER, it blocks out nice people with their own web sites who leave nice comments.

Why does anybody ever need to leave an anonymous comment? If Google did away with Anonymous as a choice it would stop the majority of blogspot spam. Spammers could then be fried because they could identified.

Gail said...

YE, Good afternoon~ I was plagued with spam until I turned on word verification and comment mod on posts older then two days! I am not a fan of word capcha/word verification/comment moderation at all...it aggravates me that we all have to take these steps to stop folks from using our blogs as advertising platforms. Ranting!!

Some Spam is good~~I thoroughly enjoyed Spamalot. We left the theater singing and laughing.

Gail

HappyMouffetard said...

Hi Yolanda. Thanks for the reminder of the Monty Python sketch - I love it.
I'm lucky - I don't get much spam and most of it seemed concentrated on one post (as far as Google Translate could tell me, it was Janapense spam for hotels!), which I have now deleted.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

I chose the Always Moderate setting from the very beginning, and never miss any spam. My worst case was 11 comments with ads for designer shoes, bags, ets. No, wait, it was a link to Japanese porn site! I stopped it by temporarily putting that particular post in drafts (Somehow, all comments from that country came to that post).

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Thanks for the Monty Python, I'm always glad to watch a bit. (Spam, spam, spam, spam..) I have noticed a new form of spam, it looks like a legitimate comment, and says something like "Great post...I'll be looking to more posts on this topic." Very vague, but with a link embed to some spam site. I got one of these & I have the word verification thingy. Beware.

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Hello Yolanda....

I always keep my comment moderator on since receiving offensive comments from porn sites. I prefer to be in control that way.

In recent weeks I have been receiving comments from Japanese sites.... some written in their own language, others in very bad English.

I enjoyed your amusing take on this subject.
Marion

Glo said...

Another one of your delightful posts to share some interesting information ~ what better way than Monty Python to brighten up the whole idea of that nasty spam!

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jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

It's been a real problem lately, hasn't it? I always have comment moderation on because it's easy for me to read thru them all. I get dozens of emails in the run of any day, so a couple dozen comments is no biggie. But I realize I'm AT my computer all day because it's my work, and others work at other things all day and then come home to relax, not mod a whack of comments. I understand that.
What really bugs me, however, are the embedded comment spots at the end of posts. It can take three refreshes to get those to go through, and if you're in Blotanical and try to comment, you'll lose your spot and have to go back again. Some glitch with the software at Blotanical, plus with the embedded form. Like you, I use this popout window for comments, but I also like the separate page form. I'm actually not bothering to comment on blogs with embedded comments unless I have lots of time.

M@M aka VP ;) said...

I had spam issues kast year Yolanda - wrote a whole post about it and why I've chosen WV over comment moderation. At the same time I altered my blog settings not to accept comments on posts older than nn days and very good its been too.

I also have a WP blog and I get far more spam coming through on there than I do on blogger and some spam isn't blocked by Akismet, so it's not as good as some WP bloggers make out. I notice several people have put captcha (similar to blogger WV)on their WP blogs lately, so it looks like there's a growing problem with spam all over blogland.

Monty Python - dontcha just love it?

garden girl said...

Spam is mostly a problem on older posts for me. I use the same strategy as you do, and it's very helpful using comment moderation on older posts.

As for the canned spam. . . I pass on that. With the economy in the state it's in, I've read several articles recently on the resurgence of spam.

As for Monty Python - I love them - the TV series and the movies. Faulty Towers is my favorite though - I find it more consistently hilarious than the Monty Python series.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I'm on-board with bacon (mmmmm, bacon!) and eggs, but I hate spam in all meanings. I have each comment emailed to me, so I know when someone has left a spam comment, no matter how old the post.

Matron said...

There was an article in the London Metro this week about spam! There was a serious delay in getting food rations out to the troops in Afghanistan last month. The only produce they had was...tins of spam so the company cook tried to think of so many different things to do with spam each meal until supplies arrived! You can imagine the banter in the mess hall!! chips and spam, eggs and spam..

Mark D said...

I get a little bilious at the thought of spam....I used to love it, but something changed. Perhaps i should do regression therapy and see what traumatic event caused my aversion?

kate smudges said...

The thing that fascinates me about spam is its appearance in so many different languages. My gmail account attracts spam like flies to honey. (This is what Finn thinks of spam
']]]]]]]]]]]a ~ as he traversed my laptop on his way to upending two bamboo plants.

I love this Monty Python clip.

Naturegirl said...

Yolanda I ((HATE))) Spam and spammers..grrrr...
Thank you for sharing this helpful info!
Spam (((((((OUT!!))))))

A wildlife gardener said...

I've not suffered too much with this problem..but thanks for the info at the end of the post..

Enjoyed the Python video...takes me back...

WG

Helen said...

Love Monty Python's spam, not too keen on canned spam and have found, like others on Word press that Akismet works wonderfully. Easy to just delete all the spam. So far I've only ever found one legit comment in the spam queue. So I'm happy. My problem is the people who lift your posts to put on their own blogs because it fits their business theme. Once my post ended up on list that included porn!

Green thumb said...

Thanks for that bit of info on spam busters. The first time I noticed spam on my blog post, I felt flattered! After all you need to have some standing in the blogdom to attract spammers. Lately the number and frequency has become a pain in the ***.
I too am not keen on putting moderation on comments - better to have spammer than a spanner in my blog post comments.

*Ulrike* said...

Thanks for the tip, I will have to check it out.
Ulrike

healingmagichands said...

I always loved the spam sketch. Wordpress has always been extremely good at sorting out spam. Nowadays, I never find any in my comment queue and rarely more than two or three a week in the spam queue. Wish my email was as good.

lisa said...

I've been getting lots of Japanese porno spam lately too, and the ones Mr. McGregor's Daughter was talking about (they're worded like a clumsy english translation I think). I just leave comment moderation on always, I'm not so popular that I can't keep up with them all ;-) I wish Blogger would let us block IP addresses, but that may not help that much, either.