I learned about blog spam today: a spammer tried to add comments to most of the posts here. The bodies of the comments were random quotes; the goal is to get people to click on the spammer’s name, which linked to a web site. Actually, that may not be the main goal: apparently blog spammers mainly use this as a way to try to increase their rank in search engines.
Fortunately, it turns out that WordPress has a way to say “flag a comment as needing approval if it contains one of these words”. So I just entered the web site in that list, and now the spam gets blocked. Yay. But it will be a pain if this sort of thing keeps on happening.
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