November 16, 2003

We've Got Spam!

It's official...our space has been infiltrated. Much to my surprise, I found this barrage of spammage on a blog of my homework, of all things. This would be really annoying in a string of comments that people actually cared about, but I think this spam thing, in moderation, could be quite beneficial.

This advertising isn't such a bad thing. It doesn't flash at you, and if these spammers go about it right, they could actually tailor their ads to your interest. That doesn't seem to be what they're doing at this point, but it stands to reason that it would be far more productive to place ads that a person might actually look at.

Another good thing about this is that it will help to weed out blogs that are worth visiting (it would be my luck that I'm writing this after my blog's been stagnant for a while). A blogger can easily delete these unwanted comments, and will if they care at all about their page. These things have a tremendous capacity to disrupt conversation and become extremely annoying. We've learned from email spam that this sprinkling is bound to become a deluge. Blogs that don't receive regular maintenance are sure to lose readers at lightning speed when this takes place. This could become tragic for bloggers who update weekly (or ones like this).

If you're having trouble or just want to read more about this issue, check this out for some tips.

Posted by Jess P at November 16, 2003 04:16 PM

Sigh. There's a patch to Moveable Type that is supposed to prevent SPAM... I guess I should really install it. I'll add that to my TO DO list.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at November 16, 2003 04:51 PM

I got spammed, too. I noticed that the messages kept subsersively appearing under the comments on the same date entry over and over again... all for drugs over the net. (Is that why you said they're "beneficial" Jess? Hah! ;-)) Anyway, I think it's pretty lame to spam a bloggers comments...such low traffic!

Posted by: Mike Arnzen at November 16, 2003 05:31 PM
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