September 09, 2014

A Note On Spam

As opposed to SPAM, everybody's canned precooked meat product made in Austin, Minnesota, home of the Gear Daddies and just down 2-18 from Owatonna, at which point you jog left on 14 to Mankato where yours truly attended grad school.

"Get on with it."
Sorry.  Anyway, The Pond was recently inundated with comment spam.  Pages upon pages of comments, mostly in broken French and selling handbags and gymshoes, and almost none of it actually making it to the visible realm.  It just sat in my "edit comments" screen until I deleted it... all 17 pages worth. 

"That's a lot!"
The reason I'm mentioning this is that it's possible I may have done away with a legitimate comment or two as I went through the detritus with a flamer in one hand and a bandsaw in the other.  If so, please don't take it personally, it was totally accidental.  It's not that I hate you, it's not that you comment wasn't worthy, it was just an accident.

Highly fictionalized image of Wonderduck removing spam.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.

UPDATE:  Another eight pages of spam deleted.  Yeesh.

Because why the heck not show a Japanese schoolgirl apparating an 88mm flak cannon?

Posted by: Wonderduck at 09:25 AM | Comments (11) | Add Comment
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1 What show is that last picture from?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 09, 2014 03:27 PM (+rSRq)

2 Yozakura Quartet.

The character is Kotoha,  

Posted by: Mikeski at September 09, 2014 06:42 PM (luDkn)

3 I was supposed to read the first image's caption and hear the collective voice of the awaiting army in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I hope. Because that's what I did.

Posted by: GreyDuck at September 09, 2014 07:34 PM (CUkqs)

4 Also, it's a reference to Seiraa-fuku to Kikanjuu. Interestingly enough, it's not strictly speaking an otaku thing. I saw one of those at the login page of Mixi once.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 09, 2014 07:40 PM (RqRa5)

5 GD, that was the plan.

Pete, that particular character apparates a Flak 36 a few moments later.  I think it's less a reference to that novel than it is her being a WWII otaku.

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 09, 2014 08:14 PM (eNsTS)

6 Well, sure. Wouldn't YOU summon 88s out of thin air if you could?

Posted by: Avatar at September 09, 2014 08:32 PM (zJsIy)

7 If I were to time travel, it wouldn't be to kill Hitler. It would be to kill Sanford Wallace and Canter & Seigel.

Turn on the members only option, it's the only way to be safe.

I just have to wonder how many abandoned accounts are getting inundated. Actually, that should be getting better after Pixy implemented auto-locking.

Posted by: Mauser at September 10, 2014 01:15 AM (TJ7ih)

8 Turn on the members only option, it's the only way to be safe.

That will happen only when Pixy makes it mandatory, and not before then.

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 10, 2014 01:42 AM (eNsTS)

9 I'm with Mr. Wonderduck on that, primarily because members-only does nothing -- if they can bypass spam checks to comment, they can bypass spam checks to register. In the same time it cuts away useful comments by non-members. Now of course it could be useful temporarily to defeat a particularly nasty troll that we cannot ban without Pixy's help, but until that time it hurts more than helps. And yes I know that Steven had to disagree.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 13, 2014 11:26 AM (RqRa5)

10 I've only been spammed like four times, and never very extensively.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 13, 2014 06:04 PM (+rSRq)

11 I have the member's only option on, and yes, I did just get spammed but that's the first time since I turned it on. This time was only 18 messages, as opposed to over 300 - 400.

Posted by: Mauser at September 13, 2014 06:19 PM (yigXr)

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