Not this kind of SpamNot this kind of Spam

I’ve been getting spam e-mails for a few years now, since I bought a broadband connection. Thankfully it’s only a few per day and Apple’s Mail software filters it out perfectly.

Since I started using WordPress last year I had heard about bloggers who have to deal with Comment Spam. A few weeks ago my little blog received it’s first Comment Spam. I didn’t know whether to be pleased, that people actually read these incoherent ramblings, or mad that someone would take advantage of my site. Unfortunately I deleted the notification e-mail, all comments have to be confirmed by me, so I can’t tell you exactly what it said. But this is the gist of the comment: “Your site rocks!”, closely followed by 50 or so web links for sites selling viagra and dodgy OEM software.

Over that last few weeks I’ve been playing with Instiki, which is wiki software. I use it here at home and I’ve installed it on one of the Microshite® servers at work. I’m slowly try to drag the company that I work for kicking and screaming into the twentieth century. It all works really well and I’m amazed at how easy it is to use and how quickly pages can be linked together. I don’t think that anyone else at work has actually updated any of our intranet web pages yet but I’m sure they’ll find it easier than updating static HTML pages.

I read somewhere on the Instiki web site that people (make that scum) were adding great lists of links but putting them in a paragraph with a style of display: none; so that they can’t be seen. I saw some of these the other day and, being mildly obsessive compulsive, I started to clear them out. Which of course made me think, “Why are these scum doing this?”. The only logical answer is just to get a higher Google rating. But then who in their right mind would buy something, like viagra, from a site on the internet after clicking on Google’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” button?

  • Posted on Friday, 03 February 2006
  • Tagged with moans