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kyle cassidy

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It's the end of the world as we know it. [Nov. 1st, 2012|04:00 pm]
kyle cassidy
I've disabled anonymous comments on my blog.

It's been ten years of letting everyone post but over the past few weeks I've been deleting as many as sixty spam comments a day, usually from people selling fake shoes or bags. They all get screened, and then deleted which makes me wonder why anybody would bother spamming things that never get unscreened, buy my guess is that it's automated and there's no reason for whoever's doing it to turn it off. I'd really like to find them and lock them in a hole somewhere.

So, for the time being, in order to comment you need to be a "registered user" which doesn't mean a livejournal user -- you can use any of the OpenID platforms such as twitter or Facebook to log in. Sorry about that.

I'll try this for a while and try switching back. The overhead was just too much.
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[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2012-11-01 08:07 pm (UTC)
And I'm now locked out of LJ when using my smartphone or the wireless hotspot that I have because they use continually dynamic IP addresses. LJ is trying to stop the spammers and denial of service types and managed to block legitimate users. I can get in at work (static IP), but living out in the country where the only way I can get access if using the hotspot or the phone, I'm blocked.

Sorry that you're having to do this.
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[User Picture]From: yagathai
2012-11-01 08:17 pm (UTC)

Just so you don't go cold turkey...

Prada. Viagra Gucci bite the wax tadpole. Arrogant crotch farmers buy valtrex!
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2012-11-01 08:27 pm (UTC)
I found a rather perplexing spam advertisement amongst all the shoes and purses which prompted tomorrow's scheduled post - something very nearly inconceivable (though I did do my due diligence and found it an expanding market). I almost left a link to the graphic I found during my research, but I don't want to give too much away :D

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[User Picture]From: adam_0oo
2012-11-01 09:01 pm (UTC)
Weird right? I was getting a bunch on entries nobody read when I made them, months or years ago. I can only imagine what it is like for someone like you.
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[User Picture]From: saint_monkey
2012-11-01 09:28 pm (UTC)
I had to disable anonymous content about a year ago. As soon as I started aggregating twitter posts into a daily entry. Something about the hash tags drew the spambots.
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[User Picture]From: coffeeem
2012-11-01 09:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've been getting 1-3 a day for the last few months--a sudden jump from barely one a year. And they're screened, so no one ever sees them but me. And they annoy me sufficiently that right now I wouldn't want even a genuine Coach bag if I were handed one on the street for free. (Or Ugg boots, or...)
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[User Picture]From: girfan
2012-11-01 11:25 pm (UTC)
I've been friends only for years so never see the spam.
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[User Picture]From: Kara DeCarlo
2012-11-02 02:24 am (UTC)
I have had a slew of very complimentary robots on my blog. They aren't selling anything, but I fear these are the scout bots before the handbags and penile enlargement bots.
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[User Picture]From: sr_smith
2012-11-02 05:49 am (UTC)

Spammers

We keep getting people posting questions about shoes on 365, and they have to register, defeat the captcha system and then post a ridiculous question that immediately gets them deleted - what's the point? And more importantly, why I can't I prevent it?

I've so little surplus bandwidth available, wasting any on cleaning up other people's trash is frustrating as hell.
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[User Picture]From: trippywalnut
2012-11-02 04:33 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I think that might be a good idea. Sorry it came to that, though.
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[User Picture]From: handworn
2012-11-03 06:19 pm (UTC)
I don't think you need to be sorry about anything. Why should you put up with all that work?
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[User Picture]From: retention
2012-11-05 02:42 am (UTC)
What, you didn't want the BVLGARI sunglasses? Sheeeeeesh. And here I thought they were all the rage. ;)
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