Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Saturday, February 3, 2007 12:59 pm

Yet another reason why capital punishment for trolls is just liberal do-goodism.

Filed under: Housekeeping — Lex @ 12:59 pm

I opened up the blog just now to find that the number of comments accumulated during a single day had hit a record by a wide margin — and all but about four were spam.

That doesn’t surprise me. Every now and then the spammers get hold of an IP address or range that hasn’t been used for that purpose before, and it takes the spam filters (and WordPress’s Akismet filter is a very good one) a day or two to catch up.

What’s noteworthy about this is that every single one of the spam posts said, in their texts, how bad spam is. That’s like having someone defecate on your front porch and then nailing a note to your door saying how awful it is when people defecate on your front porch. The difference is, you know they’re both going to try to come back, but with the defecater*, you can at least sit in the bushes with a double-barreled shotgun loaded with rock salt.

*Copyright dibs on this word. Anyone seeking to make a movie with this title owes me a large pepperoni/pesto pizza from My Father’s Pizza in Black Mountain.


  1. Last night and today sent a bunch of blog-spam to my blog(s) and required hand-deleting. Today was insurance (listening, State Farm?) and videopoker was yesterday. Akismet does a good job on my blog, but at least asked me to OK the rest of them. Nothing evil slipped through, but I’m in favor of Mitnick-like punishment for spammers of all ilk.

    Comment by Sue — Saturday, February 3, 2007 2:29 pm @ 2:29 pm

  2. Re: defecater

    If by that, you meant “one who defecates,” the word you’re looking for is “defactor,” with an “o,” and alas, it’s already in the dictionary:

    Re: WordPress spam

    I love me some SpamKarma 2:


    Comment by Cara Michele — Saturday, February 3, 2007 2:30 pm @ 2:30 pm

  3. Oops, “defecator,” not “defactor.” I can spell. I just can’t type. LOL. ;)

    Comment by Cara Michele — Saturday, February 3, 2007 2:32 pm @ 2:32 pm

  4. I was gonna say … “defactor” is correctly spelled “D-factor” (i.e., defense factor), which is supposed to be the main reason why the Bears will beat the Colts in tomorrow’s Super Bowl.

    And the word I originally chose, though spelled correctly, was much more objectionable. ;-)

    Comment by Lex — Saturday, February 3, 2007 2:46 pm @ 2:46 pm

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