From Vince, Admin
This blog has been receiving a great many spam comments recently. I deleted a dozen last night alone and there are a dozen new ones now. I suspect that we are being targeted by a spam company. So, I have to announce strong measures to protect the integrity of our content. Some of the spam mail is obvious product advertising , often having nothing to do with health or longevity. There is also a more subtle kind of spam, from “users” which are actually hyperlinks to commercial selling websites. Recent examples are bed liner, victoria secret bathing suit, russian women for marriage, gold exchange rate today and hormone replacement therapy . The content of the spam in such cases may be neutral or and is often complementary such as saying “Nice blog. Keep up the good work.” I cannot tell if some such comments are sincere but I strongly suspect most of them are spam, designed to enhance search engine placements for the selling sites concerned. Thousands of users visit this blog daily and it is indexed daily by major search engines like Google. The more times a link appears on an indexed site like this one, the theory goes, the higher the search index placement for the link. So spam companies are selling services to websites “to improve your search engine placement” which means massive spamming of blogs like ours.
So, here is the new policy:
1. Comments that are clearly irrelevant to the content of the related post will be deleted.
2. Comments that are aimed at promoting commercial products or services will be deleted, even if the products might relate to health or longevity.
3. Comments from users that are commercial sites will be treated with suspicion and unless particularly relevant to the post concerned will be deleted. I request users to sign up with names that are not commercial sites.
This policy will go into effect immediately and I will be reviewing past comments and applying the policy to them as well. I continue to welcome serious comments that contribute to the content of this blog. Please, if you want to praise or acknowledge the blog, sign up as an individual user to do so, not as a selling site. And if you see something advertised in a comment I have not managed to delete, don’t buy it. I hope not to have to take more drastic measures restricting comments but, if necessary, will.
If you are operating a spam company, please LEAVE US ALONE. Our purpose here is communication of scientific information. I could probably make a fair amount of money selling advertising but have decided not to. So, NO HITCH-HIKE ADVERTISING.