Aug 26, 2009


I guess a few of you saw the spam bomb that went off in my comments yesterday, huh? I've figured out that the language (traditional Chinese) and the country (Taiwan) that my spam-stalker is coming from. What I haven't figured out is....WHY ME?

There are little events that tear at the corners of one's bloggy soul that make this game a bit less fun. Inadvertently hurting someone's feelings by saying something you shouldn't have; calling Law & Order: SVU by Law & Order: SUV and having Slyde call you out on it; reading Dooce.  Stuff like that.

But nothing bugs me more than this ridiculous spam.

I woke up to some 60 odd spam comments from my Taiwanese friend this morning.  Most of it was just copying and pasting the same cyber-AIDS infected links over and over again, but this time he mixed it up a bit by changing the comment every 15 messages or so.  I appreciated that.

So after I dutifully went through and deleted all the offending comments, I implemented comment moderation on all posts here on The Verdant Dude.  I was loath to do it, but there really is no other option.  Maybe I will turn it off in a few weeks in the hopes that this vile fucker gets the hint.  But I doubt he will.  He has been persistent.  Creating false accounts to get past my anonymous blocker; manually posting to get past my word verification; commenting on only my new posts to get past the moderation on older posts.  So he wins. I lose.

And I'm sitting here just fucking grinding my teeth about that.  I fucking HATE comment moderation.  Almost to the point that I was willing to deal with this asshole's comments on a one-by-one basis.  But since he decided to fucking bomb me this morning...I just couldn't take it anymore.

In fact, this might be the final straw in the Wordpress vs. Blogger showdown that has been going on in my heart for about a year now.  Wordpress isn't perfect by any means, but they have a decent spam filter that would block all of these comments.  I don't understand why Blogger doesn't have the same thing.  It makes no sense.  I guess they feel like word verification and comment moderation do the same thing, but I'd rather have a decent spam filter.  One that I can check every once in a while to make sure real comments don't get caught.

So I'm going to see how angry I get over the next few weeks that I have to occasionally drop into my dashboard throughout the day to moderate comments and maybe the result will be my migration over to Wordpress.

And I'm going to plan my revenge on Taiwan.

The entire nation.  Fuck them!

PS - Hey look!  MovieGrenade is back!  ::snore::

Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. 我如何與憎恨你性交?  讓我計算方式。.


Unknown said...

Am I the first to have my comment moderated. There should be a prize for that, no.

It'll be prize enough to not have my own inbox fill up with those chinese messages.

Good luck.

By the way, when are you gonna tell us about that trip you made to Taiwan a few years ago and what you did while you were there?

Faiqa said...

Dear Taiwanese spam guy: Welcome to America, NOW SPEAK ENGLISH. I've always wanted to say that to someone.

Avitable said...

Turning on comment moderation is understandable after yesterday's barrage.

Unknown said...

He's probably pissed about the Little League World Series

And this is still Limpy,just too lazy to sign out from my son's account and back into mine.

sybil law said...

That little fucker is bugging me now. Can I join your army?

Verdant Earl said...

MikeB - Sorry. You were second. Badgerdaddy was the first comment moderated yesterday. And I've never been to Taiwan. ??

Faiqa - Not something I'd expect to hear from a "liberal Democrat". ;)

Avitable - Understandable, yes. I still fucking hate it though.

Limpy - Then he should take it out on someone with kids.

Sybil - Your rank shall be Colonel! :)

Slyde said...

thanks to you, the fucker got me last saturday too.

i turned on comment moderation for posts older than 14 days, and so far hes only come back 1 time on a drive by quick post from 2 months ago.

if he wafts over to my place now that hes locked out here, i'll start speaking Finnish and spam all over your ass.....!

Bobby "the Blue" said...

Now that I know the Chinese comments are SPAM I will delete then in comment moderation too. Thanks for the tip.

Verdant Earl said...

Slyde - I contacted him via email and gave him your url. You are most welcome.

Bobby - I see I'm not the only one getting them, eh?

Jennifer and Sandi said...

No worries! Turn the thingy on!
Taiwan shit heads! I'm not longer buying anything made in Taiwan. TAKE THAT!!!

- Jennifer

Suzi Q said...

Inconsiderate son of a bitch! (I mean the spammer, not you Earl) I'll still leave my comments even if you have to moderate them first.

Verdant Earl said...

Jenn - You shall be a Major General in my army!

Paige - Hopefully I can get rid of this moderation bullshit after a few weeks.

white rabbit said...

'And I'm going to plan my revenge on Taiwan.

The entire nation. Fuck them!'

Woohoo!!! Let's get bombing!!!

Nuclear or just monstrously large conventional???


Verdant Earl said...

Rabbit - I'm an old school guy, so I was thinking monstrously large conventional carpet bombing. Dresden ain't got nuthin' on what I'm planning for my attack!

teeni said...

Moderation is annoying but it is more annoying to get that kind of spam especially when it comes in by the bucketloads. I don't know much about Blogger but can you somehow filter instead by keywords or characters so that you don't have to moderate? Well, it may just need to be a temporary measure anyway. Hope you are well, Earl! I've missed coming by. It's funny that people noticed how long your hair was when it was down even though you just had it cut. Guess you have to switch things up every so often so people pay more attention. LOL.

Verdant Earl said...

Teeni - Heya! Yeah, moderation sucks, but what are ya gonna do?

Mrs. Hall said...

Why do you hate comment moderation so much? I mean, it helped you move like six times and held your hair when you puked that one time, at the bar with the painted ladies...

jeez.. someone is a grumpy gus.

Verdant Earl said...

Holly - because it ain't natural. The interactive part of blogging that I love is "I say something, then you say something, then I say something, etc..." No going elsewhere to moderate the comments and weed out the bullshit. Fucking Blogger should do that all by itself! Gah!!

Water Logged Canine said...

How did spam get the name "Spam?" I mean it's not exactly fair to Hormel's finest "meat" offering now is it. I had a buddy from Minnesota while in college who used to work at the Hormel plant, and knew WAY too much about how Spam was made, and what specific parts of the pig went into it. Needless to say, if anyone reading this now knew and enjoyed a little Spam sandwich now and again, that little pixelated moment of delight would float away from you never to be enjoyed again. There's no going back from scraped eye sockets and hip joints. Gotta get that meat!

Anyhooters, sorry about that blog-commenting terrorist. I will say that singing "Living on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi in a stereotypical Asian-American accent might make you feel better. I'm smiling already picturing you doing it. "RHOA!!! WE'LE HARFRAY THELL! RHOA-OH RIVING ON A PLAYER!"

Too soon?

Verdant Earl said...

Doggie - Actually when I saw your comment, there was another one from my Taiwanese friend. This time with a little English thrown in asking for relief help for Taiwanese flood victims. Like I'm gonna fall for that shit! C'mon! Nice bit of racism there at the end, though. Much appreciated. :)

elizabeth said...


I blame you. Fucker did it to me too.

Let's hurt someone.

Michelle said...

That sucks!


Water Logged Canine said...

Sank you.

Verdant Earl said...

Liz - he had to start somewhere. I blame Slyde.

Michelle - grrr.

WLC - tune in tomorrow for BACON!!!