In yon years of yore when we first started blogging we got a lot of spam. For a while there was no good way to reduce the flow without restricting people from commenting, which we didn’t want to do. That meant, as self-appointed blog administrator, I periodically had to search through days, months and years of posts and delete spam in the comments sections. I once found 150 spam messages on just one of our posts, all typed in Chinese characters. All the messages looked like the same message to me but since I don’t read Chinese I was only guessing. I deleted them anyway.
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Now that we are blogging again I’ve noticed something: (1) it’s easier to control spam because Google has some sort of filter that seems to know a real person from a spammer and (2) now spammers attempt to disguise their motives with flattery. Too bad I'm not fooled. Here’s a recent gem I got in response to “Time heals all wounds,” a post I wrote in April of 2009 about the loss of my beloved pets. If this touches your heart, please let me know.
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