Best Spam Yet!

SpamBotI just got what is probably the best spam comment ever. It is postmodern! It is self referencing! It is gut bustingly funny!

Unfortunately, it is also just spam.

But it deserves attention. Ladies and Gentleman, I give you “ares gratis”:

Hi, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam remarks?

If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?
I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated.

He’s right about reading my blog, I get spam from him every day! And it usually asks for help of some kind. What blog software do I use? Well, it’s a secret; that’s why it is printed on every page of this website! But this is the first time that I noticed a spammer asking me about how to deal with spam. But let me answer the questions.

Yes, I do get a lot of spam remarks. The more popular my website gets, the more spam I get. I reduce it through a number of procedures. Surprisingly, the best procedure is just to require 30 seconds on a page before a comment is posted. That weeds out the vast majority of auto-spam. After that there are some other procedures, but I still have to hand filter a lot of spam. This is sad. It means that real people can’t comment right away all because a bunch of assholes are trying to game the search engines.

As for all the spam that is lately driving you crazy: fuck off!

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Frank Moraes is a freelance writer and editor online and in print. He is educated as a scientist with a PhD in Atmospheric Physics. He has worked in climate science, remote sensing, throughout the computer industry, and as a college physics instructor. Find out more at About Frank Moraes.

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