Apologies – not a new post. For a long time I have been getting 4-5 obviously automated and spammy comments per day, all of them on this post which was published on June 15th. I don’t want to restrict commenting, so I have been deleting them manually. But it’s getting worse and today I got about 30. All on the one post… which is pretty f***ing stupid even for an algorithm. As of now I don’t get such spam on any other posts.
Yeah, I do have a spam filter but these comments get past it. They’re all from different usernames, they are marginally plausible looking text (“Hi, I really like this blog, so well written” kind of thing, but with numerous variations) and they come from various domains.
So… desperate measures and all that. I deleted the original post and I am creating a new post here with the same content. I hope that this will result in the algorithm not being able to comment at all… rather than being unable to comment on this post, it starts trying to comment on other posts. If it does, then with apologies I’ll have to do something like start pre-approving comments etc. But for now, let’s just see how we do.
Some of the generic messages are actually quite funny, given the content of the blog and the post below especially. e.g. “My co-workers think I’m wasting too much time reading this blog, but it gives me so much useful information for my life.” I’d certainly like to have seen the spammer who designed the algorithm spend some time in the OWK.
Yes, it’s time for more of those highly inaccurate (and entirely made-up) reminiscences by the very first contingent of Ladies from the Other World Kingdom. Blatant homage or affectionate rip-off? Or should that be the other way around? You decide. Or don’t, if you’d rather not.