Spam

… And I don’t mean the good kind.

A feature of WordPress blogging software is that you can turn off commenting on old posts, older than a specified number of days. I don’t like doing that because some of the most interesting comments trickle in on some of those old posts. Like this one.

But, for some reason, old posts are spam magnets, and I’m not talking about the canned meat. I opened up commenting on old posts a while back, and suddenly the spam is rushing like Atlantic Seawater in a New York Subway. So, I’ve re-closed comments on those old posts.

In the mean time, I deleted a LOT of spam. The spam filter was not catching it. If you are a real person and you think a comment of yours got deleted by accident, let me know.

Thank you very much, that is all.

Comments

  1. #1 Physicalist
    December 1, 2012

    I’m not a real person, and I don’t think any of my comments got deleted by accident.

    But I am hungry now . . .

  2. #2 John
    Portland
    December 2, 2012

    This is intriguing and appalling at the same time, kind of like a crashed car on the roadside. I had to look, you know.

  3. #3 Jim Thomerson
    December 2, 2012

    During WWII, Spam was available to civilians in glass jars, maybe 8 oz or more, I really liked Spam and, at the age of maybe 8 years, I ate two jars worth. I got sick as a dog. For many years I could not contemplate eating Spam. I’m now in my 70s and will occasionally buy a small can of Spam. I fry the slices. the first one or two taste not too bad, but then I don’ t want anymore. Here in Austin, they have Spamarama where Spam is eaten, crafted into sculptures, thrown at people, etc. I’ve never been there.

  4. #4 Phil
    December 2, 2012

    I like Spam it’s just sausage meat in a can. But since it contains no milk how can you curdle it to obtain curds?

  5. #5 Art
    December 2, 2012

    A friend who grew up in WW2 Britain claimed that the island pretty much lived on SPAM during the war years. Cooked in a wide variety of ways he said if you wanted meat it was usually SPAM or SPAM.

    By the end of the war the island was awash with it, along with powdered eggs and milk. All of which were delivered in great quantities by convoy because they shipped and stored well and, being in tins, held up even if a cargo hold was flooded. Liberty ship could still deliver much of their cargo after limping into port decks awash. Even sunk in port of near to shore the cargo was often salvaged.

    Beef, on the other hand, was a rare treat.

  6. #6 gruebait
    December 2, 2012

    Good heaves, how long has a post mentioning Spam got to be up without a commenter providing this?:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwy2MPT5RE&feature=youtube_gdata

    Spam, eggs, sausage and Spam has not got much spam in it…

  7. #7 Doug Alder
    December 5, 2012

    Greg – a couple of WP plugins that should help (if you don’t already have them)

    abuse.ch httpBL
    Akismet Installed by default but needs to be kept up to date
    Bad Behavior

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