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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Holy Spam, Batman!

I am not interested in promoting my web site, partly because it generates no income (no advertisements), but mostly because I am not into self promotion in general. So I was happy for these articles to sit in quiet obscurity. Even the comment forms I developed for this blog were really a programming exercise.

Of course, there is no such thing as obscurity on the web for any published site. And my site is published, given that I have a registered domain name. In fact, I noticed that several web robots (some of which were fabulously obscure) trawled my web site the very first night I put it up. So, even though my web site is basically irrelevent, it is not completely unknown!

And so the spam bots have found this blog. I suppose they did many months ago, but the code I used for the comment forms is distinctly unique (I wrote it myself, after all), and so somewhat hardened against spam robots. No hard enough, though, since it was recently broken. This morning I deleted several hundred spam messages (fortunately I know how to edit my MySQL database by hand to delete comments in mass on the command line). For old time's sake, I left the very first spam message, which you can find in a couple articles below.

Time to escalate the war! Today I install a CAPTCHA scheme!

Posted at: 8:45 AM
Categories: Diary, Projects