Friday, April 17, 2009

I am very sorry for the spam

Some sort of automated spam bot has been sending messages in Chinese to every single Bean Sprouts post ever. This is irritating enough, but it means that people who have commented on the blog are receiving lots of unwanted emails telling them about followup comments, which are nothing but spam.

I have now added word verification as an anti-spam measure, which I hope should stop this particular spam bot. I apologise to Bean Sprouts readers if their mailboxes are full of this garbage. Imagine what my mail box looks like!

Thanks to VegPlotting for alerting me to the spam bot and sharing the solution with me.

21 comments:

VP said...

Hi Melanie - so glad my message got through. And I sympathise with the resultant size of your email inbox!

femsc said...

Hi Mel - good to see you. I'd been wondering how you were, and whether your bees had survived the winter this year..

Fran

Frankie @ Veg Plot said...

Chinese sex spam - I had the same thing and translated it on Google out of morbid curiosity. No surprise really but I had hoped it might have been an enthusiastic chinese veg grower!

Simon Sherlock said...

No problem, I just deleted them without reading them. Nice to know word verification stops them though.

Can I second femsc in asking how the bees are doing? Can we have an update please?

Thanks, Simon

Matron said...

yes, I did get some chinese spam a while back, but the security features on comments seems to have done the trick.

City Diggity said...

How, exactly, does the allotment system in the UK work? Happy blogging!

karen marie said...

you missed some of the chinese spam -- there's a bunch of it in the 2007 post about making greek yoghurt.

lol

great post on yoghurt, btw.

thanks!

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Christina said...

Just record them as spam. But you will be getting more mails. Not sure what could be the other best methods.

I would be glad if you can post the best way to stop this.
Thanks in advance.

Neil said...

You may have to switch off anonymous commenting as well.

Anonymous said...

Hi Melanie, Just wanta say the reason of what's going on with the Chinese spam is because the website of the Bean Sprouts was mentioned on one of the well known local magazines in Shanghai...so, I believe some of the comments are legitimate and some are really spams .... not all Chinese are bad persons

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Becky Grant said...

Omg I had my box full. But I'm glad things are back in order.

Nice to see your okay :)

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