Spamalot

Last night, between the time I went to bed at around 11 pm and when I woke up this morning at 6:30 am, 292 new spam comments arrived at my blog. 69fbcb08-7574-40f7-9487-97558a7f555eAll of them were the same kind of spam — about something called CBD — as the ones I suddenly started receiving out of the blue four days ago and which I posted about HERE. At least I think that they were all about that CBD stuff.

Unfortunately, I continue to receive a shitload of these spam comments daily. I usually go through the items in my spam folder one item at a time just to make sure that no legit comments somehow got caught up in the spam net. But with so many spam comments, there’s no way I’m going to go through them one comment at a time. So I did a bulk edit, permanently deleting all 292 in one fell swoop.

If, by chance, you made a comment on any of my posts and it never showed up, I’ve got news for you. It may be that it landed in my spam folder and got deleted in my bulk actions. If so, sorry about that. Hopefully this barrage of spam comments I’ve been getting will end soon.


Did you notice how I managed to sneak in two of today’s one-word prompts into this post? My own FOWC with Fandango prompt (news) and the Word of the Day Challenge prompt (barrage). Pretty clever, huh?

24 thoughts on “Spamalot

  1. Sadje January 30, 2019 / 7:27 am

    I have written a post about these comments. Hope it helps. It’s scheduled in a couple of hours.

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  2. Paula Light January 30, 2019 / 7:51 am

    Holy crap! Last time you posted about getting a ton of spam I checked mine and had 28. They were mostly about online casinos.

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    • Fandango January 30, 2019 / 8:03 am

      I get a few of those casino messages and a lot for Nike sneakers, but the bulk on this spam onslaught has been about CBD!

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  3. Sue Vincent January 30, 2019 / 9:06 am

    Yep, had the same onslaught, though there were almost a thousand of the damned things…

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    • Fandango January 30, 2019 / 9:20 am

      I’ve had at least a thousand since this nonsense started around four days ago. So annoying.

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        • Fandango January 30, 2019 / 9:36 am

          Me too. I’ve already gotten 41 more spam messages since I posted about it this morning. Grrr.

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          • Sue Vincent January 30, 2019 / 10:12 am

            I’ve cleared the lot twice today… and you have to check every page in case a friend has slipped through the net 😦

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            • Fandango January 30, 2019 / 10:48 am

              I normally do check every spam comment for that very reason, but with the volume of spam I’ve been receiving, that’s just not feasible…for me, anyway. So I have been doing a bulk delete.

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            • Sue Vincent January 30, 2019 / 10:51 am

              Don’t blame you. I know you post a lot from your phone, It is easier on the desktop.

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            • Fandango January 30, 2019 / 11:02 am

              True. I am rarely looking at my laptop from my desk.

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  4. Michele Jones January 30, 2019 / 9:37 am

    I know what you mean. I get tired of deleting them. And they are getting worse.

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  5. Marilyn Armstrong January 30, 2019 / 10:42 am

    You can report it to WordPress and they will do their best to take care of it, but that means you actually have to find someone to talk to … and if it isn’t creeping into your comments, they just shrug it off and say it’ll go way on it’s own. On my best day, I got more than 2000 and they all came from some Indian or Pakistani (are you ready?) rug shampooers OR real estate agents. They were all the same, but each had a slightly different name. There may have been carpet sales involved, too. Hard to remember. It was August and September of 2018.

    I finally took care of it by diligently deleting ALL of them and there were a lot and they WERE creeping into my comments (danger danger danger!) … and eventually (it took a couple of months), they stopped. I don’t know why it happened or why it ended. There was, for a while, some kind of issue with AOL and some other company.

    Regardless, even if they can’t help you, you should report it because it’s probably a bug in their system and it will spread itself around. Be really really careful. This came on the heels of a huge entry of my material into Google where I was getting thousands of hits a day for everything. When the spam went away, so did the thousands of hits from Google. There was some kind of link, but I don’t know what it was or why. I doubt anyone else knows either.

    There are a lot of things that can and do go wrong, you know? Too many.

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    • Fandango January 30, 2019 / 10:56 am

      So far none of the CBD spam comments have leaked into my regular comments, so Akismet seems to be doing its job. But it’s annoying to receive this volume of spam messages, and since I delete them in bulk without reviewing each one, I worry that some of the comments I’ve deleted are legit. Oh well.

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  6. Melanie B Cee January 30, 2019 / 1:00 pm

    I’m going to write a brief piece about not having ANY spam and should I feel left out? (I don’t btw). My own solution was to originally opt out of search engines finding my blog (you can Google the name of my blog and you’ll find lots of stuff…but the ‘bots are confounded). A good thing to my way of thinking, but if one wants search engine ‘findability’, then one apparently also gets SPAM.

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    • Fandango January 30, 2019 / 2:26 pm

      How often do you check your spam folder?

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  7. rugby843 January 30, 2019 / 1:54 pm

    Have you gone into your site profile and set up certain words or site names you block? I have done this and it helps a lot.

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