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Spam Update

Out of curiosity I dug around in my gmail Spam folder a bit and found three legitimate messages squirrelled away in there. I labelled them "Not Spam," but since then gmail has been all pissy, like, "well well, look who's the expert on Bayesian filtering. Maybe you'd just like to sort your own email, Mr. I'm-better-at-identifying-spam-than-100,000-servers." So now all "Sma|lCap c0mpany in the right sect0r" announcements go right to my Inbox. I'm not sure what to do now. Maybe if I sent gmail some flowers and an "I'm Sorry" e-card?

Also! remember how I was whining about all the comment spam this site receives? Problem solved. I installed MTModerate [info] over a week ago, and nary a single comment spam has slipped by yet. NARY I SAY! So far it's been 100% effective in completely blocking comment spam, which is pretty great but, if I had my druthers, it would just strip the URLs out of the submissions and leave the comment text, since most of them say things like "wow great blog keep up the good work" and, frankly, my ego always appreciated the boost.

Posted on April 12, 2005 to Spam


Wow, great blog! Keep up the good work!

(Sorry, couldn't help it.)

Posted by: Charles on April 13, 2005 6:19 PM

oh damn, I went to post the comment and I see someone already beat me with the cheap humour above.

I see you like the ego boostage as much as the next blog writer, but how do you get to be so famous? (Linked by 331 sites on Blogrolling)

Is it just the literary abilities and well timed observations? Or do you advertise?

Posted by: Svetlana on April 13, 2005 7:25 PM


Only kidding, of course.

Posted by: Josh on April 13, 2005 7:31 PM

Since spammer sdon't care about originality, why should I?


Wow great blog keep up the good work!

Posted by: mrgrooism on April 13, 2005 7:35 PM

I got my very first comment spam, but it was more of a backhanded compliment: "Cute story, nice blog." Not very effective spam--who would be flattered to hear their blog is cute? It's like even the spammers are saying, "Hey, room for improvement there, guy."

Posted by: Dan on April 13, 2005 9:14 PM

i think matthew's fame can be soley attributed to a secret internet society that runs and controls all creative output on the 'net, and it probably has a fondness for kittens.

of course, this is mere speculation and i know [nothing] about it.

Posted by: threeze on April 13, 2005 9:24 PM

Try MT-Blacklist too.

Posted by: Jen on April 13, 2005 9:37 PM

i think you're funny. and so do my cats. i read your blog to them & they laugh so hard that cat chow shoots out their noses.

so, you've got the cross-species thing going for you. which is nice.

Posted by: candy on April 13, 2005 9:38 PM

I had that roblem, then I switched to wordpress. Good thing someone made a module for mt.

Posted by: wedge on April 14, 2005 4:20 AM

Wordpress can stop cats from shooting kitty chow out of their noses? Who knew?

Posted by: crash on April 14, 2005 6:07 AM

I've also noticed that Gmail has been letting certain blatantly obvious spam messages into my inbox, after what seemed like a solid six months of no spam whatsoever getting through. What gives?

Posted by: Rob on April 14, 2005 6:53 AM

i think matthew's fame can be soley attributed to a secret internet society that runs and controls all creative output on the 'net, and it probably has a fondness for kittens.

Wait, Fark has linked to dy? Must've been a while ago.

I advertise whenever the topic of blogs comes up, but I doubt I have much clout in the great scheme of things...

Posted by: Drew on April 14, 2005 8:01 AM

**Wow! Great Blog! KUTGW!!**
**Wow! Great Blog! KUTGW!!**
**Wow! Great Blog! KUTGW!!**
**Wow! Great Blog! KUTGW!!**
**Wow! Great Blog! KUTGW!!**
**Wow! Great Blog! KUTGW!!**
**Wow! Great Blog! KUTGW!!**
**Wow! Great Blog! KUTGW!!**

Posted by: #1dy fan on April 14, 2005 8:20 AM

The last week or so, I've been getting a regular smattering of spam in my gmail too. Apparently your decision to reclaim "not spam" email has screwed us all irreparably.

Posted by: keith on April 14, 2005 11:40 AM

You didn't have comments for the post below which was BRILLIANT...and I had something really funny to say about it but I forgot it. Oh, well.

Posted by: Miel on April 14, 2005 11:41 AM

Hey I noticed in your gmaps post that you might be using a WorkRite keyboard platform and arm...that's where I work. Is it?

Posted by: Chad Crowell on April 14, 2005 3:38 PM

How does the spam filter work?

Posted by: John on April 14, 2005 3:48 PM

Well, see, what it does is, it filters out the spam.

Posted by: Michael Montoure on April 14, 2005 6:29 PM

This morning I woke up with the great idea to solve my comment spam problems (i'm using SpamKarma for wordpress currently and it keeps abusing innocent people).

I figured that maybe I could have an extra field in my comments that asks an obvious question such as 'what is the name of this blog?' or 'what colour is the left donkey on my masthead?". These are the kind of questions I'd hope my visitors could answer with no worries but it would take someone with eyes (as opposed to a robot) to work out. I guess I'd have to store the answers in a seperate text file or in my database or scrambled so that the evils spammers couldn't cheat but I don't see why this wouldn't work.

The only problem is that my PHP skills are about as good as my German!

Posted by: Michelle on April 14, 2005 6:43 PM

Buy Cardchess! It is the solution to all your Spam problems!

Posted by: SH Wong on April 14, 2005 7:37 PM

I use a program called "MT-Keystrokes" which is a turing test. It doesn't rely on blacklists or keywords and in the two months I've had it spam has dropped from 150+ a day to 0.

Posted by: Pog on April 14, 2005 8:04 PM

Fathers and sons forever!

Posted by: Polina Viardo on May 1, 2005 9:42 AM