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The recent spam attacks are certainly driving up my stats.  The extra 500 comments today are really spiking Sitemeter.

If this keeps up I could turn to the “Dark Side” and use some network knowledge to backtrack and convince these people not to annoy me.  This garbage bogs down ‘Net performance.  The reason not to do it is that the most effective techniques will bog down the performance even more.

It is a total waste of time.  They are never going to get the link they want.


1 The CultureGhost { 03.22.07 at 1:07 am }

While I freely admit to not understanding numerous career choices, I am completely at a loss to ever understand being a “spammer.” It is one of the most wasteful and useless occupations on the planet. In my not so humble opinion, spammers, when caught, should have the option of 1) their fingers being smashed repeatedly with their keyboards or 2) repaying their debt to the planet by serving two years in the Peace Corps.

2 Jim { 03.22.07 at 8:40 am }

I think a suitable pennance would be for them to send an apology to every email address and every web site that they have ever spammed. Each email typed in individually, one by one.

3 John B. { 03.22.07 at 10:38 am }

Check your email.

4 Bryan { 03.22.07 at 11:52 am }

CG, they could start by building wireless towers to expand the bandwidth that they, so recklessly, abuse. It isn’t effective as a marketing tool. Good content on a web site, something with creativity, would be more effective.

Jim, I’d like to see them hand filtering the spam at a major ISP, aversion therapy, with the quality of their work determining the quality of their food. They could start with water on MREs.

Yeah, John, I’ve been watching it. It is slowing down things through the “chicken ranch” in Herndon, Virginia, which is the main US/Europe node. It’s flooding in from Eastern Europe. They are going for old posts so that no one notices the links. That’s why I close comments and trackbacks after a month.

5 John B. { 03.22.07 at 2:29 pm }


Why? What is the advantage, if any, to Eastern Europeans — or whoever it may be?

6 Bryan { 03.22.07 at 5:54 pm }

They are being originated from East Europe because of the low cost and the lack of effective laws against spam. If you trace spam back to someone in the US or the EU, you can take them to court, but you have no options if they locate in a fringe country.

As the eastern European countries change their laws to enter the EU, the spam will move to another unregulated area.

7 oldwhitelady { 03.22.07 at 8:34 pm }

Woo hoo. all those comments are adding to your visits and next thing you know, you have a lot more site hits:) You can have a party when you reach the next level.

8 Bryan { 03.22.07 at 9:40 pm }

Except that I pay for my bandwidth.