Monday, August 22, 2005

Memes and Blog spam...

OK.... I have been tagged a few times but nobody every bothered to drop by here and tell me. So I decided to sit on these for awhile.... Why not do em? Cuz I hate memes. They are so restricting, plus... they want you to spread the misery to others... I just don't wanna do that.... So here are a few I know I got hit with. I'm sure there are others out there that I don't feel like doing either. First, Texas Ivy hits me with this one.... The rules say: List five songs that you are currently digging - it doesn't matter what genre they are from, whether they have words...or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying right now. Post these instructions and the five songs (with artist) in your blog. Then tag five people to see what they're listening to. Hmmmmm.... My taste goes all over the board, so it's hard to list just 5 songs... It all depends on my mood. So I'll just answer this a little more broadly.... Rock, Metal, older country (or newer with attitude), older rap, folk, disco, that strange stuff from the 80's, punk, thrash, etc... Nothing freaks people out like hearing a playlist that includes Slayer, Peter paul & Mary, Hank Jr, and Run DMC..... So I'm skipping this meme. If you want to grab it, feel free. The next one I will pass on comes from Kristi at Interrupted Wanderlust. This meme is a way to introduce others to your blog neighbors, just as you would in real life. I'll answer the questions, and tag four others who frequent my blog to answer the same ones. If I tag you, just copy and paste this meme in your blog, and change the answers for the bolded questions. Then, tag four others to do the same. If I tag you and you don't want to be tagged, it's no big deal. When did you move to the neighborhood? What region of the neighborhood are you from? What is your favorite part of our neighborhood? What is your favorite place to visit 'round these parts? Where would you suggest someone new to your region should visit? Check my archives if you want to see when I moved in... check my profile for where I am, Check my blogroll to see where I visit, and check my posts to see where I go. There... I feel better now. Folks who tagged me... I'm not trying to be rude... I just don't wanna do it! ;) Now on to something more annoying than memes... COMMENT SPAM What the hell is going on with this? I have gotten the occasional spam comment here and there, but this weekend the spammers apparently found my blog and declared war! I was deleting spam and by the time I got back to my comments after deleting one, two would pop up in it's place. This is ridiculous.... what do these anonymous posters think they will gain by clogging people's comments with their latest sales pitch for cheap st0x, viiiiaagra or MLM sheme? Wy do they think I or my readers need to be subjected to this? Is my e-mail box not enough? Did they figure out I like to ridicule spam and they are trying to give me post fodder? Or are they just annoying little pissants with nothing better to do than waste my time and energy on deleting them? So I had to add the codeword thing on comments. It really sucks to get up and see you have 23 comments and then realize that 19 of them are from "anonymous"! Bastards!

9 comments:

warcrygirl said...

Ugh! I've had the same problem; they've been hitting everyone on Blogger. I had to add the word verification thingy as well.

Found you via Blog Explosion. BTW, our cat is named Gizmo. Excellent name!

Rik said...

I know what you are talking about. It's a real pain in the ass. Problem is, they're using php programs to create them. They can whip out 20,000 automated spam comments in an hour. So I don't see this getting less soon :(
I thought that with the addition of the rel="nofollow" tag, it would get better, but apparantly they just keep sending this stuff all over the blog community.

Rik

JeanC said...

I was having major problems with that and one of the really annoyingthings was they were spamming my older posts. Luckily Bravejournal came up with a solution that has slowed them down (using the word/image verification like you have), I think I've had ony 1 comment spam in the last 6 months. Now if they can just figure out how to spamproof my tag board.

jessica said...

i rarely comply if i get tagged. unless they're very funny. or i'm feeling particularly funny that day. and if you've read my blog, you would know it hasn't been the case :)
just wanted to stop by and say hello-

Texas_Ivy10 said...

Sorry, for taggin ya Guppyman! I didn't realize you hated to do Meme's.. Got it now! lol

I've only gotten 1 spam comment post before... more spam because of the program you are using?

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i did the one texas ivy tagged you on, i haven't seen that other one though. i always love reading what you have to say, you have a way with words, i read and then think, why didn't i come up with that. i think that's why people like to tag you, too bad you don't enjoy.

Angie said...

Oh, you are one of THOSE people who hate memes. Grumpy gus...party pooper...

;) just kidding. I promise not to tag ya!

TrueJerseyGirl said...

The word verification thing has worked for me, at least so far. Not one unsightly spam comment. Hope it works for you too!

JOE B said...

Guppy,
The word verification is working well for me too. I am just scared to say anything because if it gets out to those spammers they will find a way around it.
Joe