Spam Troubles

We realize that spammers are clogging our wonderful comments section, the lifeblood of WU. Alex, the closest we have to a techie, is researching the matter.

Thanks for your patience and continued support!
     Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 29, 2009
     Category: Weird Universe | Comments | Paul

As my boyhood friend Rusty would say (had is dog been named Alex); Yo Alex!

In case I lost you young whiper-snappers:
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/29/09 at 11:49 AM
The best thing to do until a better solution is found is to delete the comments as soon as they appear. Whenever I notice a spammer replying to one of my posts, I go into the control panel and delete the comment.

I know that most of the bigger blog sites allow members who log in to comment and hold the rest for moderation, but after what happened to WU earlier this year, I figure that would be too much of a hassle (unless there is a way to have the authors of each post moderate comments, but even then anyone who replied to my comments while I am at school or asleep would have to wait a few hours before their comment could be posted).

I hope Alex is able to come up with a method that works.
Posted by Salamander Sam in Chicago on 11/29/09 at 01:03 PM
hey, if alex finds a solution- great if not then we delete or overlook them. it's a small annoyance concidering the joy this site provides. thanks for the time and effort to address the problem alex you are great and paul you are, of course, wonderful as usual! as an aside, the only reason i have been neglectful in posting this weekend is because hubby accidentally deleted my kept e-mail with the link to post. i e-mailed wonderful alex and i'm sure i'll hear back next week when he has time. i just wanted you guys to know i'm not just blowing it off! actually i'm kinda in 'posting withdrawl'! :grrr:

spams so cheap they don't even make a wireless remote! :lol:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/29/09 at 03:04 PM
Patty, are you looking for this?

Hope that's what you're looking for.
Posted by qualityleashdog on 11/29/09 at 03:22 PM
YES! YES! i love you baby, i really really do!!! 💋
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/29/09 at 03:40 PM
there! i wrote it down and put it on favorites and i'm currently working on memorizing it! did i mention that i love you qld? oh yeah, i guess i did. :coolsmile:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/29/09 at 03:45 PM
My (probably) low-tech route would be this: Delete the accounts of known spammers. Leave everyone else, but remove any account guilty of spamming in the future. I estimate there are only about 500 members right now, so I don't think it would be a huge list to manage.
As for the registration of new members, I would do away with auto-registration, and force aspiring members to exchange email requests with an administrator or moderator. This would result in the cultivation of a smaller member list of more active contributors, as it would be doubtful that people wishing to make a one-time, spur of the moment comment would bother with more stringent registration requirements. But on the other hand those who become members would have a keener interest in the site and be more apt to return and contribute more if their investment in creating an account was greater.
That's all I could suggest, and I'm no techie and understand if my suggestions are full of holes.
Posted by qualityleashdog on 11/29/09 at 03:47 PM
Let's not get to knee-jerking on this. Some occasional spam and trolling is to be expected on any site that is open to the public. It's been around since BBS days and will be around when the aliens get here and enhance our brains for wireless connectivity.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/30/09 at 12:30 AM
Thanks for that visual aide...
Posted by Salamander Sam in Chicago on 12/02/09 at 10:07 AM
To be honest, it doesn't really matter anymore if Alex installs "Akismit" or some other blog-spam filter since there are thousands of these messages up on the posts already.
Posted by Dumbfounded on 12/02/09 at 02:24 PM
okay, here's the thing, i just deleted 172 e-mails. i always check the box to be notified when there are more comments when i leave comments. it's handy to see what everyone else is saying, but there were so many spam comments that i had to just wipe them all out. apparently they have decided to screw with us hard now since we have been discussing how to get rid of them. they are rat bastards!!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/02/09 at 02:49 PM
my boobies are big enough, but the butt smaller thing sounds interesting. 😊
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/02/09 at 03:09 PM
yeah i'll show you handling wayne. 😜
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/02/09 at 07:41 PM
is there a fragile sticker on your package sweetie? :lol:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/03/09 at 04:26 PM
Does anyone here know where I can get some good computer viruses? I use a Mac, so I should be safe, but I'm getting fed up with these spammers and if I could email them some viruses maybe they would stop...
Posted by Salamander Sam in Chicago on 12/04/09 at 10:36 AM
F R A G I L E !
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/04/09 at 08:02 PM
We heard you the first time.
Posted by Salamander Sam in Chicago on 12/05/09 at 12:44 AM
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