Recently both the Ol’ Curmudgeon and I have been hit by a lot of spam on our blogs. I’m astounded that people would spam a blog, of all things – especially such low profile blogs as ours are.
Then I read about blog spam on Wikipedia. I don’t usually use Wikipedia for my primary information source, but in this case it was understandable for me. Turns out it has a lot to do witih making a website show up higher on search engines.
Since I have our blogs set up to require approval of all comments, I can “catch” all this spam. There is also the built in spam “catcher” that WordPress uses, called “Akismet.” On the Ol’ Curmudgeon’s blog alone (which gets higher numbers of comments than mine) Akismet has caught almost 1000 spams! I can’t imagine what that must be like for those with higher profiles than his!
There is even one guy who managed to spam everyone on MySpace!! Thankfully, MySpace had the guts to have him arrested. I wish every spammer could be arrested.
I don’t know what can be “done,” officially, about this. Seems like no matter what we do on our internet places – blogs, e-mail, spaces – people want to spam it. What is it with all this rude, crude, unacceptable, and shocking behavior?
It’s ‘way past time for us, the people who OWN the spaces, e-mail and blogs, to take back our spaces!! Crude language, unacceptable behavior – reject it! Begin in your own life. Reject it in your family, friends and acquaintances. Reject it in e-mails you receive. Reject it on lists and fora. Reject it in comments on your blogs. When you see it in comments on other blogs, add your comment rejecting it.
Reject spam. Reject the spammers. If you find someone you know is spamming people, chide them about it – repeatedly.
Spamming is no way to make a living. Most of us simply delete spam. Return for volume is low. Spam is a invasion of privacy, and the height of rudeness. There is no excuse for it anymore.
It is time to return to more restrained behavior – both on and off the ‘net, the ‘tube, the airwaves, and cable. Please!
Thank you – thank you, very much!