Sunday, July 30, 2006
I got a sudden outbreak of blog spam today. Because of this, I have had to enable moderation for all anonymous comments. Deleting all 25 or so of them by hand through the Blogger interface just takes to long. Apologies to the well-behaved of you out there. Somebody pooped in the pool.
Am I the only one that feels that spam, particularly blog and wiki spam, is something akin to terrorism? I have this feeling like I'm being forced to relinquish some of my freedoms. Comment moderation feels like a metal detector in a museum.
Spam is properly seen not as an annoyance or a minor issue but instead a low-grade denial of service attack. It is entirely reasonable to argue that it is kind of network attack. (Hopefully this passes your human spam filter ;)
For email, at least we have spam assassin. The only problem with it is it doesn't actually go out and assassinate the %$#@ing spammers.
They are ruining the internet for the rest of us.
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