Saturday, November 24, 2012

Had Enough Spam Yet?

Sorry for the un-writerly related post, but anyone else recently hit with spam on their blogs (blam)? I've noticed an increase in the past two weeks and it's driving me crazy. I get ridiculous messages such as: "I appreciate, leaԁ tο i discovered just what ӏ used to be looking for. you havе endeԁ my four day long hunt! Bless you man. Have а grеаt day. Βye"

REALLY? First, I'm not a man, and my gosh, learn some grammar.

Last week, I had a comment that outsmarted Blogger that said, "I really like what you had to say here. My daughter picked up a conch shell and said daddy I can hear the ocean in it. If you liked my story visit my website." 

Spam isn't an acronym. But it could be if they added an extra "m". (Seriously pathetic attempt @ making money)


The word spam is named for the Hormel mysterious canned meat and a Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch. In the sketch, the cafe's menu is filled with Spam, driving a customer bonkers. Wikipedia: Monty Python Spam

Did you know, during WWII, those who served in the war sometimes ate Spam up to three times daily? The pink canned meat was everywhere; there was no escaping it. Spam in WWII.

Internet spam facts: Wikipedia: Spam 

How do you protect yourself? Easy. Don't fall for it. Don't open it. Don't respond to it. Don't click on it. 

As for our blogs, I really wish Captcha wasn't so darn obnoxious. I'm sure most of you know, on Blogger you have to manually go in and switch it off captcha. But should we?

What about y'all? Too many spam messages lately? What are your thoughts on captcha? Can spam be harmful if you just ignore it? Anyone have advice on how to protect your blog from spammers? Be honest, do you eat the mysterious spiced ham? We won't judge. Feel free to share how you like it best. :)


18 comments:

  1. I get these all the time but the blogger spam filter catches them all.

    DESPISE captcha.

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    1. Blogger's filters are usually pretty good at catching them.

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  2. I never used to get the "Anonymous" spam blog comments but over the past month there are a few every week. Annoying. What is more annoying is Captcha. There are blogs I would comment on, but the bloggers insistence on using word verification turns me off and I don't converse with 'em.

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    1. They've definitely increased for me as well. I wonder if it has anything to do with the holidays. I blogged for a full year back in 2010 and had no idea blogger has captcha switched on automatically. Finally a kind person commenting told me it was on. The blogger her/himself usually doesn't even know.

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  3. I only get about three-four a year. I don't allow anonymous comments and older posts require approval, so that's eliminated most of it.
    Now I'm really in the mood for some Monty Python.

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    1. Thanks Alex. I guess I would find those types of options in the comments section. I'll have a look.

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  4. I would rather have to delete spam all day than have to deal with captcha. I have abandoned more comment posts because I was unable to convince it I wasn't a robot. :(

    On my site, I have it set that I must approve comments on posts over 5 days old, not to mention I check my comments almost every day. If someone posts something icky, I can easily delete it. It's less frustrating than losing comments because people are frustrated with word verification programs.

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    1. Laura, I agree with you. I have one blog I follow faithfully and she uses captcha. I can't tell you how many times I've gotten stuck, 3 sometimes 4 attempts! If it was anyone else, I would've abandoned my comment. Thanks for posting your methods. I'm going to go into the comments section today and see if I can change settings for comments.

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  5. whats really funny is i got spam slammed the week i put up the crappy captcha post! all of mine were for drugs! and they were all anon so i just eliminated that feature. my mom was the only anon commenter so shd has to email me now, o well!

    darn robots!

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    1. Ugh, I hope this doesn't mean war of the spam for me!! I certainly wouldn't want more just because I blogged about it. If that's the case, after the discussion, I'll just remove the post. Btw, I read one of your mom's posts after you got your acceptance. So SWEET!! That must've been before you changed the feature.

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  6. I guess your blog is more popular than mine 'cause I haven't seen any increase in spam, but in my email, there's always a ton of obnoxious stuff. Luckily, deleting "Seriously Pathetic Attempts @ Making Money" is easy! :-)

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    1. Definitely Lexa. It's pretty simple to delete. Two years ago, I was an unfortunate victim of phishing. Google shut down my email and blog. It took me almost a full month to gain access back through my husband's email. Now, I have a phone verification and text verification. It was an absolute nightmare! I guess that's why I've gotten a bit nervous about the increase. My blog more popular, shucks girl! Your comments are rockin' when I visit. :) I wonder if it's the choice of title that draws in spammers. I don't know.

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  7. When I was growing up SPAM was a meal! My mom used to fry it and serve it with mashed potatoes, YUCK!

    Although, with doomsday around the corner maybe it's time to stock up. :)

    Captcha drives me crazy -- seems every time I write a paragraph as a comment it takes three tries to get thru!

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    1. Yolanda, my husband and his siblings grew up on Spam. When I first began going over there (we dated in high school), I was mortified at their choices of meals. It literally was like the obnoxious video above. "Spam, spam, spam & eggs, spam, bacon & and eggs, bacon & spam, spam, spam..." I watched an episode of Doomsday Preppers two nights ago. They had tons of Spam on the shelf. LOL.

      Captcha is a pain in the butt. I agree.

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  8. I've had a massive increase recently too. Google has only let 1 slip through so far. I despise captcha and refuse to turn it on; I would rather use comment moderation than that.

    I've turned off anonymous comments for now.

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    1. Me too. I have a couple of friends who occasionally post a comment anonymously. I'll have to let them know I've turned the "everyone" can comment feature off for now.

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  9. I'm still Captcha-free. The only thing I restrict is anonymous posts. *shrugs* Other than a handful of posts with gratuitous links to the person's blog, I haven't had a problem.

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  10. I recieved a chain of like 15 spam comments from the same guy one day. I was soooooooooooooo annoyed!!!

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