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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I've been spammed!

Well kids, it looks like the joke is on me.

After (nearly) four years, I finally learned a very valuable blogging lesson: USE THE FUCKING CAPTCHA!

I prided myself on being a captcha-free blog. After all, I can barely read the stupid letters myself, so why make my readers do the same? It's annoying as shit. And I can't even count how many times I've come across other bloggers bitching about it too.

I figured my blog was too obscure to attract spammers.

Well, it was...until December.

Since December, I have gotten more than 10,000 comments. All spam. And since I've been so busy, I didn't even notice what had happened until two days ago.

I've tried deleting as many as possible. But let's face it, unless I quit my job, there's no way I'm ever going to have time to get rid of every single comment a computer generated. We're talking hundreds of comments per post. I have a life.

What's even creepier is that the spammers are getting more creative. There were actually spam comments pretending to be my blog friends, by leaving their name and the name of their blog. When I approached each blogger, to see if the weird comment was really theirs, it wasn't. And they were horrified. It makes me wonder how many of you have gotten spam comments from me.

(For the record, I will never ask you to "buy Viagra for a low price by clicking the link.") A high price, maybe. JUST KIDDING. Do not click the link! Tell me immediately!

Spammers are going to eat us.

That's my lesson this year.

My blog is not feeling very fabulous right now.

25 comments:

Mike Ekey said...

What?! I have been buy Viagra in bulk based on your recommendations! I am going to have some CAnadian suppliers that are going to be PISSED!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

ugh it's SO annying. I get a ton of spam comments but they go into spam so dont get published...still annoying!!!

Sherin said...

Blogger's spam filter has been broken for ages. I'm getting 100's of spam a day. I don't have the time or effort to delete them, so might have to follow in your footsteps!

Venus Loves Virgo said...

I hate spam and captcha. I feel your pain. XOXO

Christopher said...

I get spam every once in a while but only on one post about the civil war. It is odd.

Oh to Be a Muse said...

I feel your pain. I've been getting a ton of spam comments recently too (although not 10,000). I really don't like Capchas so I'm going to continue deleting the spam comments. Fortunately, blogger is doing a good job at directing them immediately to my spam folder and not publishing them. But I would probably put on the capcha if it got really bad like your situation.

p.s. - want to buy some viagra? ;)

sherene said...

Bad bad bad:(

anks said...

uh - oh... well a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

A Brit Greek said...

I totally sympathize... that has been happening to me too and is painfully annoying. I suppose some of the comments are unpublishd til ones approval, but yeah Captcha works even though it is annoying!
x.o.x.o

imfashionstoned said...

omg that is awefull! Oh well it is not the end of the world;)

Alicia Price said...

I think spammers are increasingly targeting pretty much every blog that they stumble upon these days. All they have to do is run their script and a few more people see their ad's so that is all that matters...

I have found wordpress to be a lot better than blogger with its spam controls but obviously moving platform sucks!

I'm not too fussed about the CAPTCHA being added because i use this special software called RUMOLA that reads and fill in those incomprehensible letters for me! I see you mentioned you also have problems with CAPTCHA so maybe you should try it at skipinput.com!

Do you have the option on blogger to use other CAPTCHAs? If so maybe try a mint eye or a play thru CAPTCHA, much easier on the eye!

Miss Laia said...

I recognise I hate the catcha...but I also get some spam comments, not like you of course but is only about deleting them o leaving them on the spam folder...
Ps of couse I would get viagra if you tell me to do it Jenny you are my godess ;)

The Dainty Dolls House said...

It is annoying, all my spam seems to go in the spam folder, although, I have had recently one get through to normal comments, but that's why I have it to ok every comment, because I don't like word verification & think these asses are getting smarter for that. It's a waste of time really! Hope it gets better x

Couture Carrie said...

What a bummer, darling...
Captcha it is!

xoxox,
CC

-E- said...

No captcha, just moderate your comments. Only takes a second (granted, you get more comments than me). Also, you should have your comments on the same page as your blog entry so people can refer to it.

JenniH said...

Oh, damn! I only have been getting a couple of spam messages but then I only have a couple of dozen readers at my blog daily. We'll try to manage with the capcha although it is so irritating.

Cafe Fashionista said...

And this is why I keep 'Comment Approval' in place...too much SPAM. Sometimes I go out for the day and come home to 300 SPAM comments. Such. A. Pain.

P.S. I love you for your comment yesterday! Most people think that all of my makeup knowledge is useless. Of course, they are always the ones who show up asking for advice when they have a date, so...touche! :P

Shybiker said...

Sad. I haven't faced this problem yet, so remain captcha-free, but that would change with your situation. Sorry to hear.

Tallia said...

Oh no! I also don't have word vertification! Perhaps I should change it! Damn I hate computers sometimes!

www.trendinginfashion.blogspot.com

ravenlocks said...

Jen, for you I will proudly type in those numbers and nonexistent captcha words! LOL! Seriously... what does "dswastra 37" even mean?

xo

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

Last year, I really tried not using Captcha (because I hate it) but like you Jennifer I was getting so many comments on my posts (even past ones) that it was becoming unbearable. It's horrible what they do! My comment count when down when I added it, but I don't care. LOL Some of that stuff doesn't just go to the Spam box where you can simply delete it. You would have to go to past posts and delete. I have enough to do! HAHAHA

Rhea said...

Totally understand. Try to have the option of the comments showing u only after moderation. So the spam comments won't get published and you can publish a genuine comment. No need of captcha!
Xx
Rhea
http://fuss.co.in

Elle - The Violet Reaction said...

I've been having this problem, too... thankfully most of them go straight to the spam folder but for some reason about 10% or so do sneak into the regular ones and I have to filter them out. Crazy annoying.

Panty Buns said...

I'm surprised that so many spammers got through your Blogspot spam filter. I've only had a couple so far and deleted them. I had had to disable comments on my Wordpress blog and will have to disable trackbacks there as well because I was getting over 150 spam comments a day. They even spammed the Comment Policy there! Now I link any posts there to my Blogspot blog http://www.full-brief-panties.blogspot.com and have changed the website link from my YouTube channel over to my Blogspot blog as well. I don't have Captcha on Blogger yet but I really, really HATE spammers and will be on high alert for them. I don't mind doing Captcha.

Arielle-HumblePieVintage said...

Geez! I hope that my account isn't leaving spam comments on people's blogs :X