Saturday, January 12

Let's Do Some Drugs

Like I do most mornings, I logged into my email account to peruse the day's selection of senseless crap I get on a daily basis. Most days, the number of emails is probably around 60'ish. For the past 3 weeks, that number has grown to nearly double, and today was no exception (I have 99 in the inbox). At first I always get that small joy that 'Oh! Someone likes me!' But once I start reading them, it quickly turns to being pissed doff - because I am good at that.

The usual number of emails (around 60) are the general crap I deal with. Maybe an occasional friend/family email, some advertisement type stuff I signed up for, and even the rare spam one shows up. The remaining number of emails have been coming from Blogspot, in relation to there being a new comment on the blog. Usually that would make me ecstatic, as I think one of you readers are just so moved by my witty word wanderings, that you needed to share something with me. Alas, it is not seeming to be. Instead, it is a one-line phrase, slightly modified at each posting, saying something along the lines of:

"order klonopin online" klonopin for anxiety dose - klonopin withdrawal last 

The Quotes show where the link part is usually at. Some of these drugs I have never heard of either, and others are fairly common: Klonopin, Ambien, Tramadol, Viagra... the list goes on. By the time I have gone through each one, I am feeling pretty depressed. Why go through each one? In case there is actually a commenter, not a spammer. All come posted by Anonymous.

So, the fix? Well, from what I have seen, there are a few ways to fix. This style of blog, via Blogspot (part of Google) has limited ways to control spam comments. I can require commentors to sign-in with a Google id, use a captcha thingy, shut off the ability to make comments, or use a third party comment software. Obviously, the hordes of you readers that comment will love my requiring you to have a Google id, so I am not doing that. I hate captcha boxes. Half the time I can't even read the letters, so I can't force that upon you. Disable comments completely? That's an idea, but not happening. So I guess it is third party comment software. I am going to have to look around and see what is out there and able to perform the way I want it to by blocking spam.

In the meantime, I think I may order me some Somas and see what happens.



Rev Mom said...

I know exactly what you are talking about! Nearly makes you want to take the drugs in hopes they will leave you alone!

Joe said...

I eliminated most of the problem in that:

1. I do not have comments emailed to me any more.

2.I put in comment moderation for posts over 30 days old.

That way I don't have to deal with the impossible to read verification crud.

You can go to the comment section of the blogger dashboard and elimanate all of the spam with one click, and the same for the "awaiting moderation" section.

I get very few comments on old posts so that has worked great for me.

Ralphd00d said...

I should turn on the comment moderation idea and shut off the email notification.... yeah. Think I will.