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The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

I'm on Dreamwidth! And Weird HL Comments.

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First of all, thanks to Dreamflower, who sent me an invite code, I'm on Dreamwidth! I've wanted a DW account, but paid accounts were out of the question until recently and still very limited even now. I'm posting this to Dreamwidth and crossposting it to LJ at the same time. (At least, I hope I am!) Nifty, huh?

Anyway, the other day, I received a spate of rather ... interesting ... comments on the Heretic Loremaster. I was on the verge of deleting them as spam when I realized that they actually did mention Tolkien, and they didn't have an associated URL, so if they were done by a spammer, then it was like the world's worst spammer. Here's one that this person left on my "I Need to Rant" post about slash:

Hard to say…

As a student of Mythology, the Elves….Well, a friend said “Elves will boff anything that moves and then they will boff something that doesnt move until it `does` move`

Possibly based upon Shamans and oh my goodness we know what they did, dont we?

(Did any of Tolkiens characters cross dress?)

Its also best not to enquire what a race of pre pubesents get up to.


Wha--?

I'm not going to complain about any legitimate participation over at the HL, but this has to be the weirdest (legitimate) comment I've ever received there!

I do get a lot of spam on the HL. A good bit of it Wordpress catches, and I never see it at all. But some slips through, and recently, a lot had been slipping through. Already, any comment that contains a URL goes to the moderation queue and waits for my approval, which sucks for legitimate commenters who are leaving legitimate links but catches a good number of links that I do not want on my site, even for a few seconds. (For a while, the HL was receiving a lot of comments with links claiming to go to child porn sites. I didn't click on them to find out, of course. *shudder*)

I was getting pretty frustrated with the amount of spam I was having to delete. When I would see repeat URLs or IPs, I'd add them to the comment blacklist, but besides being a pain in the arse, most spammers are smart enough to know that posting a spate of comments about nude Paris Hilton photos from the same IP is likely to get them quickly blocked. I would get identical comments from different emails and IPs. It was very frustrating.

So I started paying attention to the patterns in the spam I was receiving. And I added five words to the list that sends a comment for moderation before posting, and guess what? 90% of my spam problem is solved. (Because I don't have to reply immediately to moderated spam, since it doesn't show up on the site. When I get a whole mess of it, I delete it all at once.) Those five words are blog, article, post, site, and thank, because when most spammers leave a comment that they want to look legit, it goes something like, "Wow, great post! I love your blog layout. I'm hoping to set up a website just like yours someday. Anyway, just wanted to thank you for the article!" And the URL is a link to a site for shady car loans or an Essortment article on bikini waxes.

*spamhammer!*

This will again suck for legitimate commenters who use those words, but one of the perks of my current job is that I'm online for most of the day, so legitimate HL comments that get sent to moderation tend to get approved in a matter of minutes, if not seconds.

Okay, let's see if this crossposting thing works! Here goes ...




This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

http://dawn-felagund.dreamwidth.org/249564.html
  • Felagundish Elf magic appears to have worked!

    Also, WTF, spammer. I mean, I do see where he/she/it is coming from - the "Fair Folk" of mythology certainly seem to be getting into a lot of mischief, sexual and otherwise - but, um, context?
    • Yes! DW is all good! :D

      Mischief, yes, but I'm not sure that "boff anything that moves" is exactly canon--and that's a heretic saying that! :D And the cross-dressing comment comes out of clear blue sky.
  • (no subject) - lady_roisin
  • It worked! I'm on Dreamwidth, too, BTW. Same name.
  • Awww, finally on DW (which I hardly use since back then there weren't any advanced filter options).

    May I ask what software you use for catching spam? I always use Askimet and it does come with updates once a while (which are painless, as long if you remember to reactivate it). Maybe that is it, but since I manage a writers site, I also shake my head quite often when I see the spam filter. You can find some very hilarous spam comments there ^-^

    I really like this one, because truly did the Tolkien elves cross dress? *runs off giggling*
    • What's your name over there? I'd like to make sure I have you friended in both places!
    • You know, I think the crossdressing question could be my next HL topic! :D

      I just use the spam catcher that comes with Wordpress. It does a fair job. Juno has suggested some other ideas in a comment down-thread that I think I'm going to try!

      Spam in general baffles me. What a sad life it must be, to be a spammer.
  • I wish I'd known you wanted a Dreamwidth account. I have a slew of invite codes going to waste. (I friended you over there, btw. I hope you don't mind!)

    Those are definitely the weirdest HL comments ever. Perhaps the person posting them, while not a true slammer, is mentally ill? That might explain why they ramble so much.
    My email account is currently being inundated. Spam is definitely the bane of online life!

    Edited at 2010-08-20 06:17 pm (UTC)
    • My goodness, I don't mind at all! You're like the last person I'd mind friending me! :D

      Around this time last year, I wanted to start up journaling again, but I wasn't really happy with LJ either. So I did consider going with DW, since the culture and philosophy there seems to be much more like what I remember when I started on LJ five (!) years ago. Unfortunately, paid accounts weren't a good use of our funds, since I'd just had my pay with the State cut. I saw that there was a forum for requesting invite codes but wasn't really sure I'd be happy on DW either and so didn't want to ask ...

      Spam is definitely the bane of online life!

      Hear hear! The sad thing is that, somewhere, someone is making a living on the one stupid sap in one million who clicks on email Viagra ads!
  • Try the "Quiz" plugin. You can choose the question you ask, even per post. (You can have Tolkien related questions!) ;-) Or the math anti-spam plugin has been updated to WP 3.0.1 as well.

    I think I get one (!) hand-made spam with it per year. If that. And the legit commenters have no problem with it at all.
    • Thanks so much! I will definitely try that! I was thinking earlier that a spam filter that allowed comments that contained certain words would be useful, and this is about the same thing.

      The sad thing is that I've left comments on your WP journal and seen that you use those! I've not had the time to dig into WP and plugins as deeply as I would like yet, so it didn't even cross my mind to look for the same feature to install on my own site.
  • I missed this the other day when my computer was offline. Of course, elves cross-dress! Haven't they seen those pictures from the movies with elf guys in long dresses! And look at the hair on my icon above.

    I also have a Dreamwidth account, which I rarely use, but friend me anyway if you get a chance, one never knows when it might be useful or necessary.

    P.S. Same name over there!

    Edited at 2010-08-23 01:11 am (UTC)
    • Of course, elves cross-dress! Haven't they seen those pictures from the movies with elf guys in long dresses!

      There can't be anything uglier than that the horrid long beige robe that Legolas wears to the council of Elrond. Whoever designed THAT!

      But yes, I agree. Elves cross-dress, fancy-dress, over-dress, and can look great in most things. Personally, I would prefer to see them naked, though (merely to study their anatomical differences, of course).

      Pre pubescent??!!
      • Pre pubescent??!!

        I have an excuse. I am old enough to be going through a second childhood.

        Seriously, any anatomical differences, and whether they are merely minor or non-existent, really need to be carefuly studied and documented.

        Here is my only nekkid elf icon. I am thinking it might be Fingon and his baby-mama.
        • Now I am jealous. I mustl get myself a nekkid elf icon too.

          Oh, I like his arm, I would love to see it closer. Sorry to spoil your party, but I do not believe she is his mama. I reckon it must be Tadiel. Hope Maitimo arrives soonish...
          • "baby mama" -- American slang expression, which I originally encountered in hip-hop lyrics and originally referred to the unmarried mother of someone's child; now used to indicate any mother of a notable person's child or children.

            I think either Maedhros is soon to arrive or perhaps present out-of-the frame. I know I am ridiculous here also, but my muses are sullen and stubborn creatures. Anything, however high or low, that might kick them into action I consider fair-play.
            • Uh, thanks for the clarification, I had not heard that word before, I took it literally. And yes, Maitimo is just getting some more wine, it is on a table just off to the right. Poor guys, it is a thirsty job...

              • Poor guys, it is a thirsty job...

                I know. It's going to be hard writing it also. But I could always fade-to-black (not likely--I'd be virtually lynched!).

                I'm trotting out all my unused icons for you.

                Edited at 2010-08-23 06:08 pm (UTC)
                • I'm trotting out all my unused icons for you.

                  Ah, your Tadiel one is lovely too. One day I may spend time making nice icons... where do people get the pictures from? And you are right, I would be in the mob if you try to wriggle out from writing the rest of the story. I can be patient.
                  • I get a lot from pre-Raphaelite paintings, obviously Tolkien artists, some of my own photographs, and Google image searches. I love to waste time! Time wasted is time I could have been writing and writing is hard work!
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