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    A Milestone!
    My newest blog just received its first comment spam today.
    I feel like the blog is now officially "on the map."

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    We have discussions boards on our main e commerce sites and we get some pretty vulgar stuff posted there regularly.

    Glad someone or something is posting comments to your blog. But many posts will turn people away and can be offensive.
    I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die
    to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there
    isn't and die to find out there is.

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    Well, congrats! I have a couple of newer blogs that haven't had the distinction -- YET!

    Thanks to the gods of all the bloggers for the invetion of Akismet, eh? LOL!
    Generate more fake news.

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    Ha I totally know the feeling... I received my first comment spam last week. I decided to leave it up since it's harmless, but going forward gets no mercy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrishaLyn
    Ha I totally know the feeling... I received my first comment spam last week. I decided to leave it up since it's harmless, but going forward gets no mercy!
    "Harmless" or not, if you leave it up, the spammer gets a linkback from your site, doesn't he/she?

    That's why I delete all the spam comments that come along, which very few of get past Akismet on my blogs.

    But if they do get past Akismet -- WHACK!!
    Generate more fake news.

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    yeah, there is no benefit to you to leave the spam up there. don't let the spammers win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by writerguy
    "Harmless" or not, if you leave it up, the spammer gets a linkback from your site, doesn't he/she?

    That's why I delete all the spam comments that come along, which very few of get past Akismet on my blogs.

    But if they do get past Akismet -- WHACK!!
    Most blog platforms automatically "nofollow" tag everything now. But, they might still get traffic from your traffic if you leave them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visitourmall
    We have discussions boards on our main e commerce sites and we get some pretty vulgar stuff posted there regularly.

    Glad someone or something is posting comments to your blog. But many posts will turn people away and can be offensive.
    Eww, that would be so annoying. It could be a full time job policing a forum.
    I moderate blog comments, so no one but me ever saw it.

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    ... someone submitted an adult link to my social bookmarking site this morning. I deleted the post pretty quickly, but it was picked up in my google gadget.. arrgghh.... have to keep the gadget hidden until the cache refreshes.

    I spent 3 hrs yesterday updating the posts.. now only to keep it hidden. Thanks spammer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buyjewelry
    yeah, there is no benefit to you to leave the spam up there. don't let the spammers win!
    I agree! Delete, delete delete!

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    Quote Originally Posted by writerguy
    Well, congrats! I have a couple of newer blogs that haven't had the distinction -- YET!

    Thanks to the gods of all the bloggers for the invetion of Akismet, eh? LOL!
    Oh don't worry Gary, the spammers will find you.
    Yep, gotta love Akismet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by teezone
    ... someone submitted an adult link to my social bookmarking site this morning. I deleted the post pretty quickly, but it was picked up in my google gadget.. arrgghh.... have to keep the gadget hidden until the cache refreshes.

    I spent 3 hrs yesterday updating the posts.. now only to keep it hidden. Thanks spammer.

    AACCCKKK!


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    Quote Originally Posted by amysolovay
    AACCCKKK!
    My thoughts exactly!!!!

    I trusted my users. This was a manual submission from someone who posted before, so I think their first link was to test the waters... to seem legit.

    Now I have to modify my code so that I manually approve each submission.

    AACCCKKK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by teezone
    My thoughts exactly!!!!

    I trusted my users. This was a manual submission from someone who posted before, so I think their first link was to test the waters... to seem legit.

    Now I have to modify my code so that I manually approve each submission.

    AACCCKKK!
    Wow. That could prove to be time consuming, but hopefully the reward outweighs the inconvenience for you. What a shame it has to be like that though.

    I've noticed too, that comment spammers are getting smarter. I think the new trend is to have human beings posting comment spam, not 'bots, which is why they are getting past Akismet. I deleted a couple comments yesterday (on a different blog). The deleted comments seemed to be on topic, but a closer look revealed that they were indeed spam.

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    I've found that I need askimet and SK2 in order to get spam to a manageable level. Askimet used to be enough but for my most popular blogs, I have to double up on the protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProWebAddict
    I've found that I need askimet and SK2 in order to get spam to a manageable level. Askimet used to be enough but for my most popular blogs, I have to double up on the protection.
    Will take a look at SK2. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    I probably should have written that SK2 is called Spam Karma...I just couldn't think of it at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProWebAddict
    I probably should have written that SK2 is called Spam Karma...I just couldn't think of it at the time.
    Thanks

    and, I like your sig.

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    I think the new trend is to have human beings posting comment spam, not 'bots, which is why they are getting past Akismet.
    I think you're onto something there.. in this case, I could trace the visit, it was manual.

    Also spent a little time this aft, and found a snippet of code that will send me an email when someone adds a new link. Don't need to babysit, just want to be prepared to delete I don't know how often google spiders, but I never want them to stumble on an adult link!

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    can you still call your blog a blog if you no longer allowed comments?

    i.e., only YOUR comments would be shown on the blog.

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