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2005 07 25

why we won’t unsubscribe you

The footer of a recent spam (emphasis mine):

1) We do not unsubscribe anymore becouse abusses go to unsubscribe url.
2) If we unsubscribe u others spamers are not.
3) If u abuse this e-mail we will never make spam more usefull.

Whimsy M. Jugular, Hi dear

2005 03 01

Love, your dearest spammee

In the course of February, Spam Karma saw 2932 spam attempts here.
Out of these, 18 made it through and landed online (including a set of ten at once). That’s not a 100% score, just over 99.3%.

What really amused me with comment spam attempts was the neverending flow of “compliments”. There was just something ironic about a bot thanking you for your efforts over and over again, in dozens of ways.
So from day one I kept a mailbox full of compliments I received, and finally yesterday I went through the e-mails and compiled a list of the 83 ways spammers love me.

Without further ado, I bestow upon thee visitor, The Automated Guestbook!
(See also: Philosophic interlude.)

2005 02 06

How To Cook An Omelette (and not be a drama queen about it)

If Matt Haughey can’t cook an omelette with a chestnut roasting pan, then indeed nobody can cook omelettes (via) at all.

So, last wednesday on the way to ParisCarnet, the monthly parisian bloggers meetup, François Nonnenmacher told me about MovableType’s handling of TrackBacks.
If you’ve never used MT before, you’re in for a shock or two. (I was shocked myself, since the last time I used MT was years ago, circa version 1.4, and at the time I didn’t even check the functionnalities. I was already happy that I managed to install it.)

Apparently, when you use MT and your blog receives a TrackBack:

  • the notification does not tell you on which post it was made,
  • you can not edit or delete the TrackBack

The second point had me laughing. “So basically we end up deleting editing them using phpMyAdmin”, Laurent added. I wonder how those who use MT’s file-based database do; maybe they’re just screwed.

If Joe Jenett can’t cook an omelette with a chestnut roasting pan, then Joe Jenett cooks chestnuts instead.

I seriously hope someone is coming up with an MT plugin for PingBack (and not just for MT, mind you, I’d love to see more blogwares implement PingBack aswell). At the very least, this would make Joe Jenett’s blog interoperable with other blogwares, since he chose to go with a mechanism that mimics what most implementations of PingBack do.
Because it’s just very annoying to input an URL manually.

If Shelley Powers can’t cook an omelette despite having easy access to a frypan, then Shelley becomes a veggie.


Or really, everyone could just use the right ustensil to cook omelette accept TrackBacks: a frypan WordPress, and then sprinkle with salt to stop worrying about trackback spam ever again.
(Now if we could just fix the remaining bugs and quirks and release WordPress 1.5…)

Update: I’ve just been told you can delete (but not edit or moderate) TrackBacks in MT, and that the notification does tell you on which posts TrackBacks were made. Looks like with age, my memory is starting to fail me; or maybe it was just the alcohol. I still keep to my chestnut roasting pan analogy, if only for the lack of any sensible moderation option for TrackBacks.

2004 12 15

the answer to life, the universe, and comment spam

Links ball.