Sunday, August 28, 2005


Dear readers and fellow bloggers,

Spam, spam, spam, spam... I've been getting a lot of it in my comments sections lately, and it is indeed tiresome. Sometimes it's infuriating, and as I found out this evening, highly offensive.

Today someone posted three identical comments which included a porn picture, in response to the article below ("Fun Song Lyrics"). Where my "personal photo" picture is of the Eraserhead guy, this person's picture was of two men engaged in oral sex. The perpetrator is even using the name of another left-wing blogger on whose blog I leave comments.

If people want to engage in gay or lesbian sexual activities, more power to them... I don't think they are hurting anyone; it isn't my bent, but it doesn't bother me. What does bother me is getting unsolicited pornographic images of such activities in the comments section of Various Miseries. I try to keep this place at a PG-13 level or lower, although it may sometimes approach R... but I don't want NC-17 or X-rated stuff here.

I decided to do the "word verification" thing to keep the numerous spammers at bay... hopefully there won't be any more of them clogging up the Comments sections. But I believe the person who sent the porn pictures is not a classic spammer. On this supposed "weblog" was a website address for ANOTHER blog, and I checked it out. It was one that contained the same pornographic picture but this site was aimed at the right wingers. Ugly... and yet another address on this second site led me to a THIRD site... a sad, dark place, which may be the source of the trouble. I won't name the site here, because they know who they are and I don't need them coming here to harrass me and other people.

Unsolicited pornography is something I don't want on this weblog. Someone is sending it here because I said some anti-conservative or anti-Bush things, or things they didn't like at my friend's blog or possibly at another blog. It may have had something to do with my responses to something I get tired of reading from rightwing bloggers who have been in the military and who like to answer criticism of Bush or the war with remarks like "So, how many years have you served?" Mindless stuff, but I feel it deserves a response in any case.

Anyway, while this person may think he or she is having fun, this kind of stuff is feeble and cowardly at best. What they are doing goes beyond the realm of gentle fun and practical jokes.

I like blogging and plan to continue Various Miseries regardless of people who might hate it so much that they resort to shenanigans like anonymously posting porno shots on other peoples' weblogs.

I do feel I have to warn you, dear readers... someone out there who doesn't like left-wingers is getting nasty. It's even possible that someone who doesn't like right-wingers started it all... who knows. But I highly doubt it was my blogger friend that started this thing. He appears to be more of a casualty in this case than an instigator.

Anyway, I will monitor the comments sections of Various Miseries as often as possible to keep that kind of stuff from appearing here. If any of it does appear here, I apologize. It would never be my intent to post such things. I'll look in Settings and Comments and see if there's a feature for showing or not showing "personal photos" of those who comment, and if there is, I will use it. There isn't anything I can do about obscene language in comments, except for using the little garbage can symbol in the Comments sections, which I will gladly do as I see fit.

In the meantime, I recommend you all turn on the Word Verification feature. To access it, go to Settings and then to Comments. Blogger has found a way to keep the Spambots out, but evidently we still have to watch out for the TROLLS... and it seems there are some angry ones about.


Blogger Snave said...

Good, the Settings has a way to keep peoples' pictures from showing up next to their comments... Sorry, folks, I liked looking at your ugly mugs and mine as well... what must be done must be done, thanks to the few bad apples that spoil the whole bunch.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Thanks for the post, Snave. I've been completely inundated with spam lately, so I've followed your lead and turned on the verification option. Had to turn off the photos well after reading your post.

You have one of my favorite blogs, so hopefully all this will keep juvenile morons from tainting it with their weird mommy issues.

3:09 AM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

Has anyone been posing as me? Because I have been having trouble with one of my hotmail accounts.

I took your advice and changed my commenting preferences. Thanks for the heads up.

8:39 AM  
Blogger GTX said...

Ok, I've seen in settings, but didn't know it that has this function.
The image with the two oral sex men must be related with the band Eraser (or Erasure) and when people do not read a little they take mistakes. Their mistake is breathin'.
(I mean they don't think, they don't read they don't understand...)

9:51 AM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

I got a little spam a while back, but I haven't been getting any lately.

Maybe you guys should be branstorming as to whether there is a blog that all you guys regularly comment in, but which I do not. Or whether the spam you receive coincides with visits or comments in another blog.

The only other option I can think of that would explain why I am not getting as much spam are A) that it is pseudo-spam (as a bad joke) or that I'm so subversive that my blog is being monitored/filtered by Homeland Security and the person doing it is taking pity on me and filtering the spam out for me.

But I don't trust unexplained inconsitencies. And I am definitely not getting the levels of spam that you guys seem to be.

2:36 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

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5:39 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

I think I know who you mean Snave.
No need to raise the stakes at this point, but they should be aware that I for one am willing to take them to task if they persist.

At this point I think they know it, but there are one or two among them that lack all sense and actually wish to provoke.


I think it's time to start that members blog we spoke of last year.
Members posting only.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

That's a good idea, Paul. You want to start it, or should I?

8:05 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

I'll start it tommorrow and start the invites

10:53 PM  
Blogger Damien said...

Noticing this spam bullshit poping up everywhere,jesus is it to much for people to try and use the internet like adults, and you would think those porn morons would stick to their own little dark corner, idiots.

3:04 PM  

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