Is comment spam on the rise?

On one of my blogs I’ve had a massive rise in comment spam that has got around my Akismet plugin in WordPress. They aren’t published, as I manually moderate all comments, but it is still a pain. Now my other blogs (on a different host) are fine, so it could be they’re stopping the spammers before they get to my blog. The other possibility is that this problem site has webstats installed in the same directory, and I was reading recently that this is a big lure for spammers (the hits get listed in publicly available webstats without being approved in the blog itself, and it helps their sites visibility).

So I have a couple of solutions available to me. I’m going to do this over a few days out of interest, so the first thing I’m going to do is remove the webstats package (I use analytics now anyway). Leave it a couple of days, see if it dies down. If it doesn’t, there are a couple of WordPress plugins that bounce spam traffic, so I’ll try one of those.

Has anyone else noticed this rise in comment spam?

War. What is it good for? Spam it would seem.

Got spam for this product today, which made me smile: Survival kit.Good to see that in the event of war, the spammers get serious. Remember, order now and get your free bonus roll of duct tape.

Did watch some of the footage of the attacks on Baghdad last night. Truely awful, massive explosions. Still quite stunned by it all. Listened to the start of the attack on Radio 5, which was very sober and proper in their descriptions of it. Peter Allen said “whilst on television this may look like a huge pyrotechnics display, we have to remember how many people are on the ground there. Terrible.

Day three of not smoking

It kind of feels like I’ve got something I should be doing, which I know I like doing, but I can’t quite remember how to do it. I’m less wired out than I expected, which has to be a good thing. I am on the patches, which makes it easier by far. I’ve now got another three months of this. Joy. It is worth doing though, both for my health and for the money.

Just had a spam with the title OPEN THE BARN DOOR GIRLS. Probably a good job they fucked up the e-mail, I didn’t really want to see what that was frankly.

This is about the longest in years I’ve kept any sort of diary type thing going. I used to for about 3 or 4 years at one point, but since then a day or two has been the best I could manage.