Thursday, February 7, 2013

Spam and Leprechauns

In a lot of ways, spam reminds me of leprechauns.  Leprechauns find a way into your home when you're not looking, do their mischief, and then get out.  It is darn near impossible to catch them.  They leave their dirty marks, they rearrange your stuff, and they help themselves to anything gold.

It's the same way with blogger spam comments.  Now first of all I must say that Google Blogger's spam trap works fairly well in catching most spam comments before they can actually appear on the comment section of a blog post.  Once in a while a spam comment will get through, but it's a simple process to delete it.

However, any spam comment is still sent to me via my Google email account, and I've been absolutely amazed, then annoyed, at the amount of spam that is sent my way.  Like leprechauns, it gets in, wastes my time as I sort through and delete it, and then it's the same thing all over next time I check my email.

I'm wondering if any other bloggers out there are having the same trouble.

I do not care to make use of captchas; I want my readers to easily comment on my blogs.  Blog captchas require you to see an image, usually a string of letters and several numbers, and then type them in a box to prove you are a human.  I often fail the captcha test.  Either I am not a human or I just can't see very well.  Either way, they are frustrating to me, and I don't want my readers to have to work to place a comment in my blog.  If you've never come across a captcha, here are a few samples:

As for the email notification of the spam comments, I'm probably getting an average of six spam comments for every one legitimate reader comment.  That's an annoying amount of spam email to wade through.

If you are a blogger, then you will know that these spammers are very persistant.  I have received spam from the same businesses over and over.

Here are some of the spammers that have tried to post comments on my blog in the last several weeks:


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And they just keep coming and coming.

So I guess I'll keep waging war on those spam emails, and I should probably go build a leprechaun trap too.  That season is right around the corner.


  1. I have suddenly found I am getting a bunch of spam comments. Since I hate the "prove your not a robot process", I just have all comments emailed to me first for approval. Since I look at email every day, there is really not any delay in posting. I think this is a pretty good middle ground way to keep the idiots of the world at bay:)

  2. I guess I am just lucky or they don't think my blog is worth a second look because I have not had any spam. (Knock on wood)

  3. I get occasional spam, but not as much as you seem to be getting. Often the spam is on an older posting, and I'll get a bunch on that same posting. If that happens, I just go to that posting and turn off comments for just that one posting. That seems to help. Google spam blocker works quite well, but I agree they are sure annoying.

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