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Blogging the Blog

27 Mar
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I don’t really mess with this blog too much but sometimes it messes with me. A bit. Like… right now.

It all goes back to this new (?) batch of spammers who’ve been leaving me links to Biblical critiques and porn. I don’t know what to make of this – what kind of algorithm gives you the Bible and Hot Babes Hard Core in one shot? And why would you think I or my readers would be interested? Actually, don’t answer that. Too disturbing.

Anyway, the upshot is that I’ve been handing Akismet a whole new set of people to block and it’s spilled over to legit comments as it sometimes unfortunately comes to pass. So a bunch of you have left me comments over the past couple of weeks and been unfairly identified as spam. This means you’ve either got a Spam Twin or else you’re Sleep Spamming or maybe you just pissed someone off on WordPress and they’re feverishly running around identifying you as an evildoer. I don’t know which it is.

I do know that I’m not the one marking you as spam. So if you’ve left a comment and not seen it appear, it’s not coz I don’t like you and want you to go away – it’s because there’s an Akismet shaped wall between our beating hearts and I didn’t know it. However, now I know and hopefully it’s been fixed.

Thus far, I’ve rescued Sue and Ashutosh but I don’t know if there are more of you out there. So I thought I’d write this and tell you all that if something doesn’t show up, it’s because the gremlins are feasting on it. I didn’t do it. Unless, of course, you were an obnoxious little buttwipe of an anon in which case – yes, I deleted you. But to be fair, there’s only been one of those so far, minor irritants not counting. Which is pretty incredible given that this blog’s been running for a year. (I know, I’m asking for it!)

But… this brings up another issue. I just realized there’s no way you can let me know you’re having problems. I’ve really resisted putting in contact information for a long time now coz I figured it was unnecessary but this latest hiccup means any complaint you might have would also go into the spam queue. Which I check every so often but not obsessively. Ergo, dilemma.

So here’s a choice: do you guys think I should put up my contact info on the sidebar or should I put in a contact page? Any feedback would be much appreciated.

PS – If you’ve put in a link of any sort in your comment and it doesn’t immediately show up then don’t freak out coz all posts with links in them are automatically held for moderation.

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12 Comments

Posted by on March 27, 2008 in Personal

 

12 responses to “Blogging the Blog

  1. M

    March 27, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Amrita,

    create a gmail acct just for this blog and use that as contact for this…I like contact info on blogs I read frequently, so I can send email, if I feel a comment is unwarranted or besides the point šŸ™‚

    M

     
  2. Saagar

    March 27, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Even better is to put a gmail as contact info, forward the mail from it to your personal email and filter it out and route to labels. Since you check your personal email regularly, it should help you to be on top of the mails sent to the other id..

     
  3. rads

    March 27, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    yep, a separate gmail would work. I do too.

     
  4. Piker

    March 27, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Simple solution to your problem. Put in a separate contact form.
    Follow the advice of Matt and his merry band of WordPress coders.
    http://wordpress.com/blog/2007/04/23/contact-forms/

    This way, you don’t have to provide your email address to anyone. And yet, people will be able to contact you.

     
  5. Amey

    March 27, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    I like the option of being a sleeping spammer. Please tell me if I turn out to be one, so that I can get the reimbursement for being the “sleeping” partner (I hope spammers get paid, otherwise they are just being crazy).

    That said, I have started getting spam on my wordpress blog filled with 6-syllable words and all for last week. Dunno if it is bible related or not, but somehow it is escaping Akismet.

     
  6. harini calamur

    March 27, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    sex and religious marketeers … i wonder whether they are the same…:)

     
  7. Amrita

    March 28, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks everybody for the suggestions! I think I’m gonna go with the gmail thing coz it sounds least spammable.

    And Amey – target over and over again till you’ve caught the bastards. Akismet picks it up inside a week usually.

     
  8. Piker

    March 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Yes, create a separate gmail address and link it with your contact form. The thing is if you do give out your email id separately, you will still come under the purview of spam bots. Oh well, whatever works!

     
  9. Piker

    March 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Oh and btw, long time since I commented here. You must blog more about TV shows — you know, the English ones.

    God bless HBO.

     
  10. Amrita

    March 30, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Pikey – I noticed you were back after a long while šŸ™‚ I thought you were busy with that sports site you started. I have posts coming up on shows – the strike kind of killed it for me over the past few months. And then all my favorite shows began to suck so I pretty much left it alone. Back now!

    Also, took your advice and put in my contact form. yay me!

     
  11. Sue

    April 7, 2008 at 2:00 am

    Akismet hates my guts. It’s been blocking me elsewhere too and I’ve no idea why. Maybe because I use my wordpress blog only for backup. (You think?)

    Anyway, thanks for letting me know.

    You can always create a little blog id for this use and advertise that, you know. I put up my own id but haven’t been hassled much yet. Of course, I’m a pretty low-profile, uncontroversial sort of woman. šŸ˜›

     
  12. Amrita

    April 7, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Sue – well if someone as low profile and uncontroversial as you can do it! :mrgreen:
    Hmmm, a WP conspiracy? We seem to have triumphed for the time being.

     
 
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