Sunday, August 19, 2018

A Comment on Comment Spam

In the old days, bots flew over the internet in giant flocks so dense, they could block out all meaningful discourse. It was infuriating for everyone who had a website. The creative spellings of Cialis were endless, and their broken links were mildly curious until you realized that they weren’t really trying to sell your visitors something; they were trying to ruin your site.

Many anti-spam plugins were born. Some involve captchas, some utilized alien brain waves, but for the most part, spam was something that you really didn’t see very much of anymore. Instead, as a webmaster, you saw messages from your anti-spam solution telling you just how wonderful a job it was doing by protecting you from spam.

So I got to thinking… Just how much spam am I really getting these days? It turns out, it’s not a whole lot. I deleted my anti-spam plugin, and apparently even the spambots hate my site. There have been only five (5) spam comments in the past month. Basically it’s about one spam per week, which is more than twice the rate of legitimate comments.

Wait… I have legitimate comments? Huh… Apparently there are 53 of them since 2016, so yes, yes there are actual people making occasional comments. Of course about half those comments are from me replying to the nice folks who bothered to make the comments, so that would make the spam rate about four times the rate of people making comments which basically doesn’t mean shit, because Zombo.com is still getting more daily visitors than Flush Twice.

Oh, I shouldn’t really complain though… Oh wait. That’s why I’m here in the first place. It’s a Sunday rant, and today I’m ranting that I don’t get very much comment spam for some reason. Damn. I sure do rant about some really stupid shit.

So what do you think? Leave a spam-like comment in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to personally delete it.

Before I sign off, I just want to give a special thanks to Glenn A. and George L. for this week’s jokes. Flush Twice would not be possible if not for the dedicated people who contribute the jokes to this site. You can contribute jokes here or by emailing them to flush2x@gmail.com.

Pax,

-f2x

Sunday, August 19, 2018
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