I had to delete the first spam comments from TTM’s database earlier today. I normally do not endorse censorship, which is what this amounts to, but in the case of spam comments I make an exception. Spam commenting is when someone makes an otherwise meaningless comment with a link to their home page, or the page they want to promote, in the hope that when a googlebot next comes along, it picks up the link and ups the pagerank of the page in question.
The fact that TTM now attracts comments spammers tells me two things:
There are very desperate people out there. Surely there are better blogs to target than that of a bunch of Belgium based toy soldier people.
TTM is being read outside of our own inner circle, apparently.
We’re growing up…
UPDATE 25/10/2004 - the number of comment spams (not counting Rudi’s below :) ) has risen quite steeply, so I’ve installed MTBlacklist, which has already netted several spams since installing it yesterday evening. If you ever make a comment that is rejected (you should get a message to this effect) and you think the rejection is unjustified, contact me and I’ll see what we can do to get your comment in.
Nice try Rudi :)
However, this comment has three salient features disqualifying it as true comment spam:
- It clearly defines itself as spam
- It is on a recent entry
- You left your real name
So, sorry, I won’t be able to delete you as comment spam :)
BTW, the link in question is to the traders page for Crisis 2004, coming up in just two weeks now. Everyone go there!