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Wednesday, October 26, 2005


Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Weblogs and Spam

After a two-week absence from the blogosphere to attend to professional matters, I return to spend an entertaining evening deleting a large quantity of spam from this blog.

If you blog with
Blogger.com, you'll be aware that there has been a rash of automated spam content over the past month (for more details, see Blogger Buzz and Bayosphere). The motive behind this spamming is to pollute the search rankings at Google and the blog search engines.

To prevent automated systems from adding comments to this blog, I have taken advantage of Blogger's new
word verification facility. It is an additional hurdle for anyone wishing to post a legitimate comment but that is a price worth paying.

While I was about it, I also added the new
backlinks facility, to enhance your blog reading pleasure. Backlinks enable one to keep track of other pages on the web that link to one's posts.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

'I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.'
Clarence Darrow
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