Sorry for the interruption… June 16, 2008Posted by dorigo in internet, personal.
Tags: blogging, spam, spam filter, wordpress
If you visited this site from 2 and 5UT this afternoon, you might have found nothing but a simple line of text saying “this blog is inactive.”
The rather crude measure was taken by WordPress administrators, who found some spam in my blog of which I was unaware. They claimed I had de-spammed some porn site advertisement in my comments thread (from a post more than 2 years old), and after some complaining quickly put the site back on air.
Indeed, by checking back a few of the 370 pages of comments since January 2006, I found more than 100 comments containing links to commercial sites of all sorts. I usually delete those comments when they get in, if they survive the Akismet filter; but sometimes they must pass through the mesh and land in an old post, where they stay undisturbed. I have now started a cleanup which will probably take me at least a couple of hours. I got to June 2007 so far; the more recent stuff is still unchecked, so if you are willing and can use advanced googling maybe you can help me by signalling comments to be erased.
The incident with WordPress, however, made me think. I am the author and sole intellectual owner of all the stuff I have published in this site, but I can be subtracted of any control in the matter of a minute. But what ‘s worse is what came next: after allowing me back in my dashboard, they placed a “submit for approval” button on the “Write post” page in place of the usual “publish” button. Submit for approval ??? I immediately complained, and soon the publish button went back in its place. Yet, this really pissed me off. Submit for approval ? It is as if they cannot distinguish spam their filter cannot check from posts I write myself, or rather, claim they won’t care.
I am now considering moving the whole thing to my own site. It would break all links though, which is annoying. Any comments ? Suggestions ?