December 9th, 2016

How about a nice…

…spam invasion?

Every now and then my spamblocker goes on the fritz. Actually, what I think is happening is that the people (there still are people involved somewhere, right?) who design spamming programs keep trying and trying to find a way past the firewall, and suddenly they do something that works. Then the people (there still are people involved somewhere, right?) who design spam-blocking programs have to catch up.

Or something like that.

Usually I get about 100 spambot comments a minute. Yes, you heard right—100 a minute, which the spam blocker puts into the spam folder. So when something in the blocker breaks down, a vast number come to the blog itself. You don’t ordinarily see them, because they are cleverly deposited on old threads, the better to escape detection. But I can see them coming in, and I can hand-block them.

It’s a laborious process. Usually something gets fixed after a couple of hours, and then the problem is no more. But in the meantime, the blocker may “unapprove” the occasional real comment from a regular person, which I then have to unblock by hand.


Apologies for any inconvenience to you. The problem should end fairly soon.

4 Responses to “How about a nice…”

  1. blert Says:

    Ah ha !

  2. parker Says:

    Ah spam, if only the digital spam was as tasty as the edible spam.. 😉

  3. M J R Says:

    Yep: I had three comments temporarily blocked.

    [Maybe this is a fourth if the problem’s not yet resolved!]

    This peek into your blogging world afforded me the opportunity to appreciate a little-noticed aspect of what you do, and (consequently) affords me an opportunity to appreciate (yet) more what you do for us and for our neophile community.

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