By Vince Giuliano
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I turned off new registrations for a few days last week because we were receiving many phony new registrations by spam bloggers (sploggers). These are people who use robots to register on multiple blogs and to post comments which advertise products or refer back to their own websites Sploggers do this in order to enhance the search engine rankings of their own sites and do not care about our blog or any other one they attack. A typical robot-generated comment by a splogger could read “Nice and interesting blog. You might want to check out my site at www.happyheartburn.com.” Another one from yesterday is “Welcome to visit my blog! you can find your dream.” Some spam comments are detailed boldface advertisements such as for leather boots or imported Viagra or products I don’t endorse like HGH.
For some time I have used software to block most such comments, but still the splogger registrations kept rolling in. And in the last few days several spam comments snuck through. Last night I ran a program that purged our subscriber list of known or suspected sploggers. And now I have turned the registration process back on. So, if you have mistakingly been thrown off the subscriber list, I invite you to re-subscribe.
I may have to implement a Captcha system where registering people have to figure out and copy weird letters.
And please if you are having trouble registering, posting comments or otherwise using this blog, let me know by writing me at at firstname.lastname@example.org