Don’t Spam So Close to Me

September 10, 2010, Posted by Eric Schneider at 11:22 am

I got an email today from my hosting company informing me that AOL is complaining about receiving excessive spam from one of my email email addresses. AOL? Who the heck still uses AOL? While I firmly believe those dinosaurs who insist on clinging to AOL deserve to receive as much spam as possible, the fact of the matter is, I have not been intentionally spamming anyone with any of my email accounts.

After a brief investigation, I discovered that the culprit was none other than the “Subscribe to Comments” plug-in, in the library, with a candlestick. You’re off the hook this time, Colonel Mustard, but I still have my eye on you!

Anyways, because comment bots were checking on the “Subscribe to Comments” checkbox, the plug-in was sending out hundreds of opt-in verification emails.

I have since added an invisible captcha feature to the site, but there’s no way for me to test to see if it’s working without risking having my account suspended. So, I uninstalled the Subscribe to Comments plug-in for now, and will revisit the issue again in the future if I ever get more readers other than Kevin Spencer and my family.

UPDATE: The invisible captcha plug-in caused war to break out in the Middle East, so I had to uninstall it. To verify you are flesh and blood and not an agent of the system, you must now solve a simple math problem before submitting comments. Sorry about the additional step, but if we allow spammers free reign, it will cause homosexuality to spread to our children and defile the sanctity of marriage. Shout out to Jesus Chrysler and Ala-Penut Butter Sandwiches.

UPDATE #2: Math plug-in prevented me from replying to comments, so I am now reopening my blog to comment spam. Weeeeeeeee!!!

Currently have 5 Comments

  1. My mum still uses AOL, bless her. I always grin when I see her @aol.com email address. Should really convince her to move with the times.

  2. avatar Eric Schneider says:

    I, of course, did not include your mom when I wished massive spam on AOL users. May your mom be blessed with endless days of happiness, joy, and spam-free internet.

  3. Dear Eric,
    Your Spam issue reminded me of a long forgotten saying : “bad actor = deviled ham”
    Does that ring a bell ?!?
    Ha! Ha! Ha!

  4. avatar Eric Schneider says:

    Holy crap! Holy crap! How many guesses do I get? If I only get one, then I guess Darius Cartwright.

    Do I win?

  5. avatar Make an educated guess !! says:

    Aaaaaaaaaaarghghgh !!! Wasn’t supposed to be THAT easy … private mail on the way

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