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Spam attack


Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 11 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 11 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

SpamI’m sorry to report that the site is currently receiving huge amounts of comment and trackback spam, and despite the filter managing to zap (literally) thousands of messages, a few are getting through, and are having to be deleted manually. This takes a silly amount of time, so apologies if posts are sporadic at the moment. As the filter updates over the coming days, I’m hoping the problem will resolve somewhat, though if it continues, I may have to consider other options like bringing back the captcha, which I’m not keen on doing, as it makes life difficult for large swathes of the population.

Is it worth making commenting more difficult for the sake of stopping this becoming a haven for the impotent and debt-ridden? It’s hard to tell. Let me know what you think.

It’s interesting to note that the number of spam emails making it through to my inbox has increased dramatically in the last few weeks, too. Presumably, the spammers have become wise to the latest attempts to stop them, and the next generation of spam-killers is required.

And then (yes, I know it’s a tenuous link) there’s the unwanted intrusion onto our TV programmes, with the confused Fathers 4 Justice invading last night’s National Lottery draw…

[flashvideo filename=”http://sjhoward.co.uk/video/jetset.flv” /]

If this site and blogging in general represents the supposed new media, and I’m posting videos of the supposed old media world of TV, does that mean I’ve just discovered a whole new medium, somewhere between old and new? 😉

This 875th post was filed under: Site Updates, Video.

More posts worth reading

What I’ve been reading this month (published 5th March 2018)

What I’ve been reading this month (published 6th February 2018)

TV I’ve been watching lately (published 9th January 2018)

Photo-a-day 24: Aggressive (published 24th January 2014)

Live drama takes BBC back to brave old world (published 2nd April 2005)

A personal apology to @jeffjarvis (published 29th April 2014)

Confusing ‘simplification’ of rail fares (published 24th April 2008)

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