No spam filter is flawless and occasionally something gets through. Most of the time I bin them without comment, but this one caught my eye and inevitably I had to read it.
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This is an admin post. And it's about blog comment spam.
I've never counted up the spam vs proper comment ratio for my site but it's easily going to be a couple of hundred spam comments for every genuine one, especially as I've never had huge numbers of comments here for whatever reason.
I have a very good spam filter installed on this blog, plus I pre-moderate all comments before they go on the site. But every now and then the filter goes wrong and sends to me a comment for approval that shouldn't. And some of them are amazingly wonderful to read. They are almost zen-like. I think they're wasted on my spam folder.
I confess to being mildly concerned when I logged into Movable Type just now and found a great big whopping piece of comment spam had somehow managed to get itself onto an article yesterday.
Every now and then my email accounts suffer what I suspect many people who own domains do these days - log on to your email and find a couple of thousand emails saying 'Message can't be delivered' or that kind of ilk.
It's bad enough turning on your computer after three days only to find some f***er has used your domain name as the from address whilst spamming the bergeebus out of half the known world. But then you find that several hundred of those email addresses the b***ards have used are no longer in operation, so you get several hundred "message not delivered" emails.
So hello. Here I am back again - it's been a while since I last posted, partly because I was just really busy early August (I have an email backlog a mile long) and partly because Catherine and myself were on holiday in Norway.
Over the last few weeks my humble email form has been getting a slowly increasing amount of spam emails sent through is - usually with Japanese email addresses for some reason. Now as the web form just gets sent to me and doesn't go near the web site so I just sighed and put it with the rest of my spam.
So the new web forms survived their first email injection attack. Should really get the new script rolled out on the rest of the site now I suppose.