Spam on WordPress

First let me compliment WordPress and its anti-spam programme Akismet, because without it life as a blogger would be almost intolerable. I have currently 131 posts since I started with WordPress, and it’s amazing that my blog has been protected from 267 spam attacks, that’s more than two per blog.

I always find it hard to imagine why people feel the need to make internet users life a misery just to get across some stupid message, or advertise their own site products. Since global use of the internet began, spammers have forced their way into people’s lives, and internet users spend almost as much time getting rid of it than doing what they enjoy. This is particularly true of the blogging and e-mail world.

The miscreants among us who perpetrate this type of internet attack are thoughtless, callous, and without any form of conscience whatsoever. Not that they care what we think of them.

You Can't Get Away From It

Many of my spam attacks have been from people who have read my articles but then leave a comment like ‘*’, or just the article title, and by clicking on their link you find they are a site that sells something or other.

No-one with an iota of intelligence is going to imagine that I, or any other blogger, would allow such a comment onto the site whose only purpose is the hope that someone else will click on their link on the comment in question and go to their site. Sorry! No Way Jose!!!

I have had comments from people with commercial sites or addresses, but they have made a legitimate comment on my post and therefore I allow them.

E-Mail Spam

So my message to these people is, if you don’t have a valid comment to make on the article, don’t waste your time, my time, and that of the WordPress crew. Akismet is very effective so there is no point in trying!

Before I moved to Spain I was receiving between ten and twenty spam e-mails a day advertising Viagra (who hasn’t had one of these) and many other pharmaceutical products, however, since changing my e-mail address it has stopped thank goodness. Out of curiosity I went back to my old e-mail address after six weeks and found 297 of these items in my ‘inbox’. Incredible!

Reading news items and associated comments from people on the internet, I have seen a gradual increase in the amount of spam that is posted on the ‘Comments’ column of news articles. Whenever I see something of this nature I always report it to the news item poster, and usually the offending comment is removed.

Stop the Spam or We Shoot the Dog

Spammers are unfortunately with us to stay, and no amount of appeals will make them stop if they see the opportunity to ‘make a buck’. It does no good to appeal to their better nature, because they don’t have one. They have become a fact of life, but I am sad when I think that whenever something good like the internet comes along, there is always someone who will mess it up. It’s really too sad for words. May all spammers burn in hell!

Until next time.

Roy.



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