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I woke up to find my blog spammed badly. 62 pervy comment spams from the same IP address. What a mess.... Do I have to delete the dirty stuff one by one? That's nothing sweet to start a day. Thanks for giving me extra work to do in the morning, you f---ing bastard.

As I wrote here the other day, I was using a neat hack called Avoid Comment Spam, which had been working pretty well. Even with that, naturally though, I received a few spamming comments like every two days. That was OK with me, as long as the number was not so outrageous. I simply deleted the garbage manually, and added the URLs to the list.

No big deal. No. Really. Until this morning. At least. Wow.

Deleting 62 nasty comments at a time makes you go ballistic, you know, even for a person of mild manner and gentle humor like me. Oh, you didn't laugh, did you? ;) Yeah, I knew there's a better solution called MT-Blacklist. With this plugin, you can manage comment spams more easily, and don't have to take the time to delete spams manually. But since the plugin couldn't be used without the Storable.pm thing installed on the server, which happened to be just my case, all I could do was look enviously at the program.

To my joy, I had recently found that the newest version didn't necessarily require the module. I, however, didn't install it since it's still a beta version AND, as I said, thanks to the hack I'd used, I hadn't felt comment spam so nasty - until this morning. Deleting the comments one by one with still sleepy eyes, I decided to bring in the plugin. And it's been installed all right now. Boy, it's a really great program!

Oh, come to think of it, the morning's fuss has brought about today's entry. Sounds lucky, doesn't it? :) So, thank you, Underage and Preteen, you f....

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I'm using MT-Blacklist, but some spam still sneaks in. I've noticed that the robot the spammers are using goes after posts that include the names of certain American political figures (makes sense, as such names come up on blogs often). So, now I have an excuse not to write about politics!

Ha ha ha, then I don't have to worry about that kind of spammers. ;) Ooops, Shuwa-chan!

I got my first spammer yesterday. What surprised me was it was on the Hajimemashou blog. The way my site is set up, you have to go through the nipponDAZE blog first to find Hajimemashou. So I guess they haven't actually found the Zanthan site (the other blogs weren't spammed either), but are coming in from comment links (like the one I'm leaving by writing this message).

On a side note, it's really strange/funny/cool to hear you curse in English. Do you find it easier to let off steam in English? I know I find it easier be polite when I'm thinking in Japanese...when I have my Japanese tatemae on.

Kiyo: This site may have some additional stuff you can use....maybe....although I'm not sure how well they will work with a japanese interface on whatever OS you use.... :o

http://www.snapfiles.com/

M,

I don't usually use cursing words when speaking English, of course. But my honest feeling when I found the garbage was just that. The very words were echoing in my head.

And, yeah, it's a very interesting point. As you say, it sure is easier for me to use that kind of words when thinking in English than in Japanese. Maybe, the "tatemae" barrier. Besides, I try to be true to my feeling writing entries here more than I do in my Japanese blog.

den4,

Thanks. I'll search for some goodies. ;)

Hmmm....Kiyo, maybe you should request aid from Governor Elect Ahnold to see if he can't access to Skynet and Terminate the spammers at their source.... :D
Or, as they used to do in the olde days before email and the internet for the public, is somehow find the address for these spammers (physical ones) and sign up their names to every junk mail service available in their respective countries, including subscription services to several different magazine services, like Martha Stewart Living, Good Housekeeping, Popular Science, National Geographic, National Academy of Sciences, Wall Street Journal, and whatever else you can find, and send it all to them at once. REmember, international postage is more costly, so the spammers should have a fun time trying to get all of the subscriptions canceled and junk mail stopped... LOL

Yes, this is a mean prank/practical joke, but for spammers, it is justified.... :D especially if they are spamming porn or something you find nasty and don't want.... :P

Your reply reminded me of a funny thing that happened when I had lived in Japan for about a month. I went to stay the weekend with another teacher, an American who lived a couple of hours away. We didn't know each other; we'd only met because we were both on the JET program. After a month in Japan, I was desperate to speak English with another native speaker. But when I was with her that weekend, I "cursed like a sailor"--much more than I normally do.

Thinking about it now, I wonder if using very informal language, even rough language, was an attempt to force our relationship into an immediate intimacy--giving us the feeling that we were old friends.

There are level of politeness in English, too; they just aren't codified by grammar. Even though people (well Americans anyway) like to pretend there are no rules, they're there and people obey them or break them to produce certain effects.

fortunately, I haven't felt any affects of spamming yet. For some reason, my yahoomail account is pretty spam free (maybe just 1spam a month) and my blog is pretty clean. I'm not pushing my luck though, but stuff like this occurs seemingly (on our end anyways) random.

Hopefully my host (typepad) has a comment spam solution integrated automatically, which wouldn't surprise me because they're really good w/ stuff like that

TypePad probably has MT-Blacklist installed.

I only set it up the other day after I got hit for the first time. It's a pretty quick, painless install. I'll have to go back and read the instructions, though, since I don't understand how you update the blacklist itself.

Another link that gets bandied around a lot and that looks fairly reasonable is this:

http://cheerleader.yoz.com/archives/000849.html

Also: cussing. As it happens, I just taught my students some really gross stuff today because a character in a novel we're reading cursed a bunch of others, and one student couldn't relate to it at all.

How do you do it in Japanese? Say you want to tell someone that he's a ^%#*(&^ %^*9 %$#@! You just dramatically lower your politeness forms and flash a lethal smile at the dude? There are no *lexical* equivalents of "%$@ *^$^ #%^$@#&$ %#$@()*#&#%"?

Tutorial! Onegai!

Even though there are a lot of cuss words in Japanese, I don't think they match up their English counterparts in intensity. But Japanese has the politeness level of speech. Simply calling someone "おまえ (oma-e)" or "てめえ (teme-e)" (a variation of "you") can insult the person terribly.

Incidentally, a politician once called his political foe "強姦野郎 (go-kan yaro: rapist)."

These comment spammers are driving me crazy. I am still at MT 2.21, and the anti-comment spam tools are written expecting MT 2.6. If I upgrade to 2.6, I will have to re-write many of my existing hacks - arg! I can't imagine that many blog readers click on these stupid comment spam links anyway. Don't these people have nothing better to do than soil our sites with their garbage?

Well, they're not hoping for real people to click through to those sites. The whole point of comment spamming is for the Google bots to notice a link and thus boost the Google page rank of the site it points to. Google assigns a higher rank to a site, and will display it closer to the top of the search results, the more other sites link to it.