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May 19 2006

Spamulator Alert

Pommery Pop

A lot of your brilliant comments have been getting caught in the purgatorial web of the spamulator, for which I apologize, but it can’t be helped. For the past three days I’ve been getting fawken deluged with trackback spam to the tune of 200-300 a day. This means I have to wade through all that pile in order to find your legitimate comments and send them through. It’s brutal! But I persevere. For you.

As always, if anyone has a solution to this asinine problem, by all means uncork it. In the meantime, I’ll be uncorking a teensy bottle of Pommery Pink Pop, foisted on me by Stingray, who, perhaps with good reason, is sick of me swilling those little cans of carbonated Sofia to which I have recently formed an unnatural attachment.

22 comments

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  1. wolfa

    Do you use akismet? I started using it, and it catches 99% of my spam, but I have yet to see a non-spam comment caught in it. (I just skim now, but I used to look carefully.)

  2. schatze

    I confess to liking things fizzy. I like to drink fizzy water and I’m fond of champagne. I’m not proud, I like my champagne cheap. Pink champagne has never impressed me, but I’d give that a try at least. I like to keep splits around becase they don’t hog refrigerator space and I can add some to red wine and make a fine sangria.

    Spam, I dislike in any form, canned or electronicaly transmitted. Even fizzy I wouldn’t want.

  3. cypress

    like spanish cava? it’s not expensive here in canada, and i don’t know if you can buy it in america – segura viudas. so yummy. it comes only in big bottles.

    it’s a trial, but you could suffer through.

  4. Violet Socks

    Twisty, the same thing has been happening to me the past couple of days. There is some new spambot out there spewing away, I got 100 trackback spams in the course of an hour.

    The solution: The Bad Behavior plugin. I popped it in and the thing is working like a charm. So far — knock wood.

    http://www.homelandstupidity.us/software/bad-behavior/bad-behavior-download/

  5. justjax

    I very much prefer Spam Karma 2 to akismet, although I’ve no experience with Bad Behaviour to offer. Unless akismet has been hugely improved, it had a habit of eating good comments, and they were very difficult to find and rescue as the control interface was not the best. SK2 has not so far caught one real comment as spam. I believe that it works just as well on trackback, although as I have trackbacks turned off I can’t vouch for it myself.

  6. Luckynkl

    Another vote for Spam Karma 2. It is a *very* powerful and sophisticated program all but guaranteed to end your spamming woes, especially when installed with Bad Behavior, another heavy hitter. Install them both. Bad Behavior will load first because of the alphabetical listing of your plugins. It will take care of most of the spam and SK2 should take care of the rest.

  7. Luckynkl

    P.S. Be aware that the spammers are evolving quicker than the tools to block them. So keep your spamulators updated.

  8. wolfa

    I found Spam Karma the first unusable it was so flaky with killing good comments, so I never tried SK2. But Akismet has not had a single false positive yet for me. And I’ve been recent;y getting thousands of trackback spam a day, which I only see from my comment id numbers going up super fast.

  9. wolfa

    But FWIW, Akismet claims it works perfectly well with SK2 and Bad Behaviour.

  10. Luckynkl

    Yes, there is a SK2-akismet-plugin that you can upload into your SK2 plugins folder. Personally, I use all 3. SK2 with the akismet plugin and Bad Behavior. Nothing gets through.

    I like the little banner that then appears at the bottom of the blog that says, “This blog is protected by Spam Karma 2. Don’t even think about spamming it.” **grin**

  11. hedonistic

    Pommery Pink Pop? Sounds . . . sweet. As for moi, moi is drinking key lime vodka martinis, which serve my writing well, au Hemmingway. I’m fekking brilliant when I’m drunk!

  12. Twisty

    Thanks yall. I’m giving the Spam Karma a go, even though it says it is incompatible with my theme. It has collected many spams. I will implement the rest of your suggestions soon. Things are looking up at the Twisty Bungalow.

  13. alphabitch

    I’m glad that you have Stingray there to look out for you. Things in bottles are usually better than things in cans. Except TaB of course, as it only comes in cans any more. But they are such a festive pink color that I can’t really object too hard.

    I’m going to have to investigate this pink stuff. I find I have an unnatural craving for cold pink wine in the summertime, and since I’m the only one who will admit to liking it, I all too often end up consuming the entire bottle. Plus fizzy is always good. I’ve also been enjoying that kind of prosecco that comes in the green bottle with a cap like a beer bottle — the name is written sideways but I can’t recall what it is. It does come in small bottles, fortunately.

    I’m off soon to take pictures of my friend’s band with my new Holga. I’m totally obsessed with the Holga, for which obsession I have to blame Twisty, but I mean that in the nicest possible way.

  14. KH

    The Pommery Pop Pink is not as sweet as some might think; rose champagne differs from the pink wine stuff called–what’s it called again? Pink zinfandel, is that it? Whatever. I love those Pop champagnes. I usually drink too many, and I don’t actually call myself a champagne fan. Though I have been craving a kir royale lately.

    Anyway, spam stinks.

  15. Pinko Punko

    Spam Karma 2 was just recommended to me over Akismet (but it incorporates some of Akismet’s lists or something techy). We have had no proboem with spam getting through, but we have had 2-3 commenters that constantly run afoul of it, and they get nailed. Akismet does make it easy to dig them out though (basically it shows you one example of the 300 or so from the same IP, so even if you have 500 new spams, odds are there are really only 4-5, thus false positives are easy to retrieve- this is a huge plus). I just signed up for a WordPress free blog to get the key to use Akismet with K2. My pal just sent the link for Spam Karma 2.

    here it is. I will try it soon. There is this one, what are they 213.33.whatever? They are the worst. It is like the goddamned home of patriarchy.

  16. ljdugan

    Hey Hedonistic!

    How about sharing that Key Lime vodka martini recipe?

  17. VMC

    I have been running Akismet for a few months. It seems to get most of the nonsense, though it did catch one legit comment.

    But that pesky 213 IP always seemed to get by Akismet. I just installed Spam Karma 2 and blacklisted it. We’ll see.

  18. Twisty

    Aksimet now deployed. No spam has survived. Although Spam Karma 2 did not like that Alphabitch’s browser doesn’t support javascript, and stuck her in the penalty box accordingly.

  19. justjax

    I think you have lots of ways that you can tweak SK2, but I’m only just getting to grips with it myself. I daresay you have plenty of experienced commenters who can offer assistance, but if not, very happy to wade through the options with you.

  20. hedonistic

    ljdugan, here ya go:

    1 part vanilla vodka
    1/2 part lime juice
    1 part pineapple juice
    1 part Ke Ke Beach key lime liquer

    Serve chilled!

  21. Pinko Punko

    BWAHAHAHAHAH!

    It is SPAMAGEDDON!

  22. alphabitch

    OK so now I am on a browser on a computer that supports javascript; unfortunately I’m at work and can only use explorer.

    And KH: They call that pink zinfandel stuff “white zinfandel.” I’m sure there’s a reason. I’ve been known to drink it now and again, much to the embarrassment of my better-educated and more tasteful companions. I’ve also been apprehended putting ice cubes into certain red wines, which I find sometimes improves them. Sometimes I find I regret it.

    Let’s see if I can get through the spamulator gauntlet.

  1. ortho

    ortho…

    ortho
    ortho – ortho
    Q: How many Martians does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    A: One and a half.
    She is not refined. She is not unrefined. She keeps a parrot.
    – Mark Twain

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