Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Bridal and Prom Spam 

I've finally been hit by a multi-comment spammer. Around 6:30 this morning someone reached the blog by doing a Yahoo search on the following search words: prom gowns archives blogs. That led the spammer here from their location somewhere in the Pacific Rim, in the Russian Federation Zone 3 time zone (IP address 203.122.24.212), where the person proceeded to leave eight comments, one in each of eight separate posts. Each post was completely unrelated to the subject of the comment, which was basically an ad for their website selling prom and bridal gowns.

These comments were attached to posts on the new pope, Desperate Housewives & The Librarian: Quest For the Spear, the Boston Marathon, the new home wireless network, law review (the person skipped the Friday Random 10 post - what on earth are the criteria here?), being overwhelmed, Lost: Do No Harm, and snow in April. The next post in the chain would have been the one on the Muzzle Awards.

In an ironic tribute to the Muzzle Awards, I am stifling the spammer's assertion of free speech and deleting the posts. In the past I've left the occasional self-serving promotional comment if it was in any way related to the post, or if the author at least made a surface attempt to try to link it. You know, "Hey, great post! By the way, you might want to check out..." But this person didn't even make the effort, and the websites they link to look a bit questionable.

Buh-bye.

Here's the link to one of the sites (they all seem to be linked to each other) if you want to satisfy your curiosity, but don't say I didn't warn you if you decide to purchase your next gown there and you run into problems.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 9:07 AM