Question for fellow bloggers among my Gentle Readers? Are you plagued with spam in your comments section? I am. It is one of the things I spend the most time weeding out. I am not talking about people who disagree, nor even comments from people who dislike me. That goes with the territory in having a public forum like this. I mean real spam:
- I get links to commercial products
- a flood of comments linking to pornographic websites (which, fortunately, I can delete without visiting!)
- links purporting to be from Hillary Rodham Clinton (but which are actually from rightwing Hillary-hater sites)
- links purporting to be from Barack Obama or Oprah Winfrey or, on the other side of things, from Bill O’ Reilly. (If I really had Bill O’Reilly notice my humble blog enough to get mad at it, I would think I had done something right!)
By far, the most common of these are simply attempts to sell something. And, usually, the spam blocker catches them. I spend too much time deleting them, but, I am usually able to do so before they appear on the comments site. But it is all tiring–and would be much worse if I allowed comments with no screening at all.
How widespread is this problem? I am wondering if I attract more than most, less, or about average. Currently, my spam blocker has nearly 700 comments. That’s about how many I get on an average month.
Personally, I would rather hear from more of you readers who lurk without commenting than to hear from advertisers, nasty porno purveyors, or whatever. Agree, disagree, like what you read here or want other things, please let me know. I read all the comments, anyway, including enough of the spam to see what it is. I take all REAL comments seriously–friendly or otherwise. After all, my critics are my teachers–yes, including my virtual friends, Chance (of the blog Zoo Station), Looney (of Looney Fundamentalist–a self-description), and D.R. Randle–my most prolific critics.
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