The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

29 May 2006

Ban won't wear off (part deux)

Unfortunately, a succession of dubious TrackBacks was starting to wear on me, and in frustration last night I banned rather a lot of IP ranges I'd seen connected to them. (I briefly entertained this idea, but decided against it.)

This means, even more unfortunately, that some of my regular commenters may have been caught in the spam trap. If you suddenly can't respond to anything here, email me (chaz at thisheredomain) and give me your IP address, and I'll defuzz the ban list.

Addendum, 4 June: Acidman is getting the same sort of crap that drove me to upgrading MT.

Posted at 2:55 PM to Blogorrhea


I noticed a trackback from Google today and was bemused. Transterrestrial Musings went so far as to blacklist the word, so that when I wanted to reference Google Earth I had to call it "Gargle Earth."

Posted by: McGehee at 4:46 PM on 29 May 2006

I noticed a trackback from Google today and was bemused.

Left something out of that sentence, sorry. Should read, "I noticed a trackback from Google today while reading Dustbury and was bemused."

Posted by: McGehee at 4:47 PM on 29 May 2006

I saw it, deemed it Suspicious, and scraped it out of the database.

Rather a lot of detritus lately points to surfx.ro, with a Belgian IP and nothing to link to.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:16 PM on 29 May 2006

Just testing. Again. :-)

Posted by: Jennifer at 7:17 PM on 29 May 2006

I'm getting close to doing the same thing. I've noticed a significant uptick in spam trackbacks and spam comments. It's annoying and unfortunate. It's another example of how the pursuit of the almighty dollar can corrupt everything good.

Posted by: Scribe at 7:13 AM on 30 May 2006

Well, I've taken some steps to curb this sort of thing with a fresh MT install; we'll see what happens.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:51 PM on 3 June 2006

I worry that I inflicted a lot of collateral damage with the Blacklisting I've done. I've received a few emails from people who say they get a "Your comment is banned due to questionable content" message when they try to post on my site.

I ask them to try again, this time leaving off their URL. If THAT works to allow them to comment, I know that I have them banned by accident. It's still a real bitch to go through the blacklist and un-ban somebody.

I still don't understand how that "Blog Verification" shit is supposed to work for a spammer. I have some pretty good firewalls and virus protection running all the time, so nobody has been able to inflict serious damage on my ass for a couple of years now. But those jerks DO manage to aggravate the hell out of me.

What are they trying to do?

Posted by: Acidman at 8:07 PM on 5 June 2006

It's difficult, if not impossible, to set a spam filter to catch absolutely nothing but spam; it's an unfortunate circumstance, but probably an unavoidable one.

I think this particular batch was intended mostly as a feeler: see what's open to minor intrusions, and then signal to the big boys to open fire. It's not so much that they have any particular animus toward any of us; it's just that there are people desperate to have their tawdry wares show up higher in search-engine listings and they don't much care who has to suffer for it. (Which is why spamming should be a capital offense: these people's something-for-nothing attitude is fundamentally at odds with the mores of any society worth living in, and it's not worth the effort trying to rehabilitate them, and besides, at the very least, examples must be made of a few to discourage the many.)

Posted by: CGHill at 8:24 PM on 5 June 2006