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Spammers and vandals

Posted Dec 13, 2005 in Spam.

When I look in my inbox, almost half of what I see is spam of one form or another. When I view the statistics of various websites I run, most of what I see is referral spam. When looking at new and edited pages of wikis I am involved with, half of what I see is the work of spammers. Yesterday, my web host successfully fended-off a massive Distributed Denial of Service attack. It is so demoralizing.

The internet is a truly wonderful tool, but it could be so much better if we could eliminate the spam/porn/vandal/criminal element of it. Think of how much time, bandwidth, and money is wasted on these creatures that spoil our lives. Imagine how amazing it would be if we never received unsolicited emails, if nobody created false wiki entries to sell pharmaceuticals, if one in ten emails didn't carry a virus attachment, and if we could donate to an online charity without the fear that we were actually funding terrorists or something.

I know. It's a pipe dream. Perhaps I've been watching too much Star Trek.

Comments

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    Come the revolution I say we hang the spammers...

    Posted by Mad on Dec 13, 2005.

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    Would you believe I've already had to delete comment spam on this entry? Fucking bastards.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Dec 13, 2005.

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    Yes, it is big problem .I don't know what to do .

    Posted by Phoenix Website Designer on Dec 22, 2005.

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    By way of introduction: I was crawling the DreamHost Wiki and came here from your page. (I've just moved into a Dreamhosted site ... http://bentrem.sycks.net ... /blog/ is my first taste of WP, after many years with blogger. *Ok, a couple of years.*

    I started in broadcasting, way back when ... shortly after we stopped using modulated spark, i.e. early 70s ... a nice industry, over all.

    But let me tell you the coincidence: when I see what happens with even fine Wiki like Global Voices ... see http://cyber.law.harvard.edu:8080/globalvoices/wiki/
    ... anyhow, I started my Wiki and found no way of getting Sysop, and I won't open a Wiki til I get that ... but I haven't gotten a lot of help from regular DreamHost channels. (Don't get me wrong, I think they've got a keen project.)

    Might you peek and see? Seems to me the sort of thing folk would want to secure heavily.

    cheers
    ben

    Posted by Ben Tremblay on Jan 02, 2006.

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    Sorry, just wetting myself at your comment Si!!

    Brilliant!!

    xx

    Posted by Sam on Jan 05, 2006.

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    What's with the Madonna picture, Sam? Only Angelina Jolie will be allowed from now on, okay?

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Jan 05, 2006.