A special salute to spammers...

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Hi Warriors,

So, I woke up this morning and it looks like one of my sites was the target of a spam attack.

But, in the spirit of kindness, I decided not to get mad about it.

Instead, I was wondering how many of you would like to join me in one-fingered salute to ALL of the spammers out there.

Spamming is not a harmless activity. It costs time and resources. If you defend the practice, then I would be happy to include you in the salute.



All the best,
Michael
#join #salute
  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Ah Michael, over here it would be two fingers.

    That's what they taught us in the Cub Scouts

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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
      Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

      Ah Michael, over here it would be two fingers.

      That's what they taught us in the Cub Scouts

      Will
      Thanks Will,

      I forgot about your way of "saluting" over there. I like it because it sends double the message.

      All the best,
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

        Thanks Will,

        I forgot about your way of "saluting" over there. I like it because it sends double the message.

        All the best,
        Michael
        Actually we like to do both but the two fingered salute just seems, well, I don't know but I like it.

        I'll hold up both hands so I have four fingers up now, that's now quadruple the message.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tarik93
    Would love to join, I literally get spam every hour on one of my websites. Ugh it's such a drag.
    Damn them all!
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  • I think a 'full moon' to all the spammers out there would be very appropriate!

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  • Profile picture of the author Shana_Adam
    I had to manualy delete over a 1000 spam comments - no wonder people don't want to do blog commenting will the webmaster ever see your comment?
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Winston Churchill, the only Brit to give a blatant V sign and the whole world thought he mean't victory...

      Let him now do so to the spammers.....

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      • Well now, I am liftin a jar a shine to all them spammers out there cause I'm one of them. Ole Thad has been known to have hisself a sandwich made from Spam ever now and again! For them what might not know, Spam stands for Spanish Ham and it is made from oinkers what come from any Spanish country like, Iceland, Jamaica or France! Really, really good stuff! It ain't as good as spalonga or spurkey but it's right up there!
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        • Profile picture of the author Angela Chen Shui
          I think I learned the two-finger salute as both a Brownie and Gudie. Two fingers, two hands, Michael.

          Thad - oh, dear, I see I have to go brush up on my Spanish....
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    • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
      After the jerk who spammed me yesterday trying to make it appear he was part of the WF support, I'm with you, Michael.
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      • Profile picture of the author Leslie B
        Originally Posted by Tina Golden View Post

        After the jerk who spammed me yesterday trying to make it appear he was part of the WF support, I'm with you, Michael.
        You got that one too? Yeah, me too. I'm with you guys, gotta give those spammers what's coming to them

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  • Profile picture of the author Sumit Menon
    Courtesy - Bill Farnham (and Johnny Cash, apparently)....

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  • Profile picture of the author kayaman
    Sorry for hear that , could you tell me what kind spam? i need to learn from you
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  • Profile picture of the author visimedia
    Yeah, comment spamming maybe , is that right? Just to get backlinks maybe....
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by visimedia View Post

      Yeah, comment spamming maybe , is that right? Just to get backlinks maybe....
      If you're commenting on the guy above you, may want to add that affiliate links are not allowed to

      EDIT - And that's all been fixed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trent Brownrigg
    Can we salute them with a machine gun instead of a finger? If so, count me in!
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  • Profile picture of the author tanaris
    I am currently clearing one of my websites from spam so I'm joining you guys for a double-finger salute to these spammers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    It's not ALL bad news, because it looks like I'm about to be the proud new owner of a...

    >>>*********!!!!!!! [[[[[[FREE]]]]]] Deluxe Replica Rolex made out of Viagra GUARANTEED to Make your Breasts BIGGER while you SLEEP and Earn $179,357 by playing the International lottery started by a Nigerian exile.

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    • Profile picture of the author tanaris
      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      It's not ALL bad news, because it looks like I'm about to be the proud new owner of a...

      >>>*********!!!!!!! [[[[[[FREE]]]]]] Deluxe Replica Rolex made out of Viagra GUARANTEED to Make your Breasts BIGGER while you SLEEP and Earn $179,357 by playing the International lottery started by a Nigerian exile.

      ~M~
      LOL Congrats! I bet those are all keywords squeezed in one sentence. Isn't he brilliant?
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      • >>>*********!!!!!!! [[[[[[FREE]]]]]] Deluxe Replica Rolex made out of Viagra GUARANTEED to Make your Breasts BIGGER while you SLEEP and Earn $179,357 by playing the International lottery started by a Nigerian exile.
        Now that there just tickles my funny bone! I would say that was about the second funniest thang I heard in a while! The funniest was a story bout a fellar who took pictures of his whankerdoodle and that fellars name was Weiner... now THAT is funny... I don't care what anybody says!
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    • Profile picture of the author Sumit Menon
      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      It's not ALL bad news, because it looks like I'm about to be the proud new owner of a...

      >>>*********!!!!!!! [[[[[[FREE]]]]]] Deluxe Replica Rolex made out of Viagra GUARANTEED to Make your Breasts BIGGER while you SLEEP and Earn $179,357 by playing the International lottery started by a Nigerian exile.

      ~M~
      I never get the Bigger Breasts one! Damn! It sucks so much when people just ignore you...
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    • Profile picture of the author 33851
      That is good. A great laugh. It will help me smile as I daily delete those emails. Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author NestZone
      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      It's not ALL bad news, because it looks like I'm about to be the proud new owner of a...

      >>>*********!!!!!!! [[[[[[FREE]]]]]] Deluxe Replica Rolex made out of Viagra GUARANTEED to Make your Breasts BIGGER while you SLEEP and Earn $179,357 by playing the International lottery started by a Nigerian exile.

      ~M~
      After every thirty minutes, i keep getting this particular message, though in the spam folder, but I keep getting there, one of the most interesting folder to always check when you login to your email.
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    • Profile picture of the author Art.Remnet
      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      It's not ALL bad news, because it looks like I'm about to be the proud new owner of a...

      >>>*********!!!!!!! [[[[[[FREE]]]]]] Deluxe Replica Rolex made out of Viagra GUARANTEED to Make your Breasts BIGGER while you SLEEP and Earn $179,357 by playing the International lottery started by a Nigerian exile.

      ~M~
      Damn it Michael - I was hoping to get that one.....

      Well I guess I can wait - but after I join the one finger salute parade, they might take my email off their lists.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Not all spam is bad...

        In fact, a bowl of spam fried rice at Duke's on Waikiki is really very nice. Add a steaming cup of fresh Kona, and spend a pleasant morning watching the hot wahinis and surfers. Definitely recommended!

        As for the scum that pollutes the web and fouls my Inbox...

        They can take the can the spam came in, flatten it until it's all sharp corners, shine it up real pretty, and shove up their candy asses...
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    If it wasn't for spam, I wouldn't have been able to get it up or add two more inches. How can I not be thankful?
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  • Profile picture of the author premiumplr
    So there isn't really a newly deceased prince whose family is willing to pay me 1 million US dollars to help them?

    Next you'll be telling me that google really doesn't have a data entry job waiting for me. This is just too much.

    I join you in the full moon one fingered salute!
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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by premiumplr View Post

      So there isn't really a newly deceased prince whose family is willing to pay me 1 million US dollars to help them?
      Sure there is.... and you probably did win the British lottery too. You'll get all of the money coming if you just pay the small processing fee.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    I'm in. I had a forum once and it kept getting hit with crazy amounts of spam. I don't mind if people make profiles or whatever, but it's ridiculous when they start trying to post on the forum about viagra
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    • Profile picture of the author LooseChange
      I hate spammers with every ounce of my being. I have spent so much time and energy writing code to thwart spammers from my forums and blogs, it just makes me angry to no end.

      I'm especially sick of Xrumer automated spammers and if I were ever face to face with the Russian author of that software, I'd open one of these on him...



      If you have your own dedicated Linux servers, you can always block ip ranges from http post, meaning they can look at your pages but not post to them., I block the entire India, China, Russia ranges and it's cut down on my sites and client sites spam by 75%. Also, with forums or blogs, proxy detection software is another way to block a huge percentage of spammers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ask Michael Paul
    Spamming is absolutely pointless and I am happy to join you in the fight for Spam...
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
    I just got done cleaning mine up too!

    Holy ****...i wish I had that 1 second back that it took me to select all and click the delete button.
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by Jeremy Kelsall View Post

      I just got done cleaning mine up too!

      Holy ****...i wish I had that 1 second back that it took me to select all and click the delete button.
      Jeremy,

      You can claim your one second back.

      You turn comments off.

      Do that everyday and you'll reclaim those lost 6 minutes of your life you lose each year.

      Hope that helps.
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      • Profile picture of the author ExRat
        Hi Richard,

        Are you drowning in that picture?
        Exhaling ocean.
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        • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
          Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

          Hi Richard,



          Exhaling ocean.
          ...or swimming in a sea of s......
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          • Profile picture of the author HaroldD
            I join you in a salute to the dirty spammers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
    Michael, Here's my contribution.



    Think they can see it OK?...lol

    Have a Great Day!
    Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author webapex
    Passing on a flatterspam comment I just found on my blog:

    I simply needed to thank you very much once more. I'm not certain the things that I could possibly have implemented in the absence of the tactics provided by you regarding this theme. It was actually the traumatic case in my position, however , taking note of the professional style you solved it made me to cry for gladness. I am thankful for the information and thus expect you recognize what a powerful job you are always accomplishing educating people today all through your webblog. Most likely you haven't encountered any of us.

    Makes my day to have someone "cry for gladnes"
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam J Wagner
    Yeah, I've had enough of the bottom feeders that fill my blogs up with useless comments.

    I think a lot of it is people that are new to blogging that sign up for these services not realizing how annoying they are, or maybe I just don't want to believe that people are meaning to piss me... I've managed to get my niche sites to rank first page without ever having to spam for links.
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    This is a great post, thanks for the information.
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    • They can take the can the spam came in, flatten it until it's all sharp corners, shine it up real pretty, and shove up their candy asses...
      Uh oh, it shore does look like SOMEBODY been watching the Rock... except you didn't threaten to do it sideways!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Banks
    Not like it matters, there are bots that crawl sites and leave comments, you weren't a victim, it is a natural occurrence.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
      Originally Posted by Jeremy Banks View Post

      Not like it matters, there are bots that crawl sites and leave comments, you weren't a victim, it is a natural occurrence.
      Not a Victim???

      Jeremy, It doesn't have to be a person doing it to make you a Victim.

      It just takes a person to create the Bot and point it in your direction
      for you to become the Victim.

      You have obviously never had one of your sites hacked causing you the OP's situation?

      Have a Great Day!
      Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author Cee
    I've turned of all comments on my blog. It gets to be too much. But still some persist. The comments can still be seen in my wordpress dashboard even though commenting has been turned off. So I still have to delete them. But it does cut down on the amount of people trying. I got one recently that just made me laugh. This person commented that they had seen my article on another website (with their totally unrelated link included of course) and telling me they hoped I didn't steal it from the other website. Needless to say I didn't bother to click on the link to check it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    You should take this thread over the SEO subforum, that's where they all hang out. :/ A large part of the SEO community has long since justified comment spamming to itself as an easy way to get mass-backlinks. The automated tools that do this pretty much allow them to spam without any contact with a 'victim' and any guilt they might have felt once has long gone - the rewards in terms of getting websites ranked are too great (yes, evidently it does work). Many a respectable SEO has sold his soul and gone over to the Dark Side...
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    With the new +1, the game will change for a lot of spammers
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    • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
      Originally Posted by dagaul101 View Post

      With the new +1, the game will change for a lot of spammers
      How? I think the +1 will come in for a lot of abuse unfortunately.
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      • Profile picture of the author ExRat
        Hi Richard/Michael,

        Actually we like to do both but the two fingered salute just seems, well, I don't know but I like it.

        I'll hold up both hands so I have four fingers up now, that's now quadruple the message.
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        • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
          Roger,

          Are you drowning in that picture?

          ON TOPIC -Besides, my Mothers a radiographer and I was fortunate to be born with 3 arms. I can do a V sign, a one fingered salute and punch the spammer, all at the same time.
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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
        Jeremy Banks,
        it is a natural occurrence.
        There is nothing 'natural' about automated littering of other people's property. It's not as though these bots evolved independently within the digital environment and wander around of their own accord. Those are tools used by people to abuse the resources of others.

        Jeremy Kelsall,
        Holy ****...i wish I had that 1 second back that it took me to select all and click the delete button.
        Some of us like the idea of people being able to comment on blogs without our having to spend the absurd amount of time it can take to sort the good from the bad. If you have suggestions on ways to make that more effective, that would be helpful. The dismissive comments you so often throw into these discussions aren't.

        This comment is very much like the old time email spammers who would say, "No big deal, cry baby. Just hit delete." We can see where that philosophy led.


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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by dagaul101 View Post

      With the new +1, the game will change for a lot of spammers
      I don't think it will make the slightest difference at all, how could it exactly?

      All it will do is create a bunch of new Fiverr gigs and opportunities to scam it.

      It won't have any effect on spam at all. :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author markowe
      Originally Posted by dagaul101 View Post

      With the new +1, the game will change for a lot of spammers
      You think? Sounds like another way to game Google to me. Quite tricky though, you would need zillions of proxies or something. Hmm, let's not dweell on it, eh?

      I was going to say I once found a fully-formed set of EYELASHES in a can of spam and have never touched the stuff since. Around the time a worker went missing from the factory, I heard tell...
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Kevin
    I am giving them my thumbs..down, that is!
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    Michael,l would like join you!
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