Commenting problem. Solved?
January 5, 2008 11:03 PM
Well they appear to be working again, for no reason other than I've been on an anti-spam commenting crusade. I think cleaning them out was like a blogospheric angioplasty or something. Now every thing is flowing much more properly.
If you've ever scrolled through the archives, you've probably noticed a lot of spam in the comments. I've gotten lazy about deleting these, because I know most people only read the main page. Apparently, I've gotten too lazy. And I think I figured out the source of the problem. It was this post, which was about a minor kerfuffle I had with the Cincinnati Beacon in August. They had taken me to task for (supposedly) not knowing the difference between cuckolding and swinging. In my post, I apologized for my gross ignorance (well, kind of apologized. As much as I would ever apologize anyway), and clarified that I do, in fact, know what a "hot wife" is.
Well, you can imagine the kind of comment spam this post attracted. Apparently there are a lot of people trying to peddle their spam wares, and those wares have much to do with cuckolding, swinging, and hot wives. In fact, since that post went up in August, it has attracted 13,670 comments, from people attempting to sell loyal NBSers all sorts of services, products, website entertainments, etc. None of which were endorsed by me. Nor did I get a cut of any proceeds from those of you who got pervy entertainment via links from my comments.
I discovered this by simply going through old posts, and turning off the comments on old posts that seemed to attract a lot of spam. Most of them would maybe have 30-100 spam comments, and I'd wipe those out, thinking that all of them, collectively, must have been slowing the system. And then I got to the post with the 13,670 comments. The system crashed twice, just while I was deleting them. And it took forever to get rid of them all. My commenting problems must have been caused by this minor Cincinnati Beacon kerfuffle. Who would of thought? A kerfuffle with Beacon... hardly something worthy of my time.
And as for the spamers, I'm pretty ignorant of how they target what they do. I assume they have programs that pick out posts that suit whatever they've been hired to peddle, and then they target those posts with lots of spam comments (all of which contain hyperlinks to their products).
But what I don't understand is, why they think someone is going to be reading NBS and getting some anti-Hillary Clinton diatribe and then suddenly decide to link on some pervy hyperlink in the comments. I get the point of the spam comments, but why the hell leave them here? Are you all a bunch of pervs? Is Senator Larry Craig an NBSer? Are you all secretly interested in cuckolding, swinging and hot wives? What is with you freaks?
FYI: Comments on this post will be turned of in three days. If you have anything to say, say it now.