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The Escalating TrackBack Spam Wars

I’ve been noticing what I think is an upgrade in TrackBack Spam on my blog. Uusally they’re pretty easy to spot — a load of links spattered across some gibberish. But the ones I’ve received today seem to be better, like this one: Looks innocent enough, right? Except the words are actually mine, from another, unrelated post, and the from link is a pharmaeceutical website. It’s the fourth trackback (update while writing this: sixth; update again, 13th) the site has sent me in the last hour, and each one is a little bit different, always using text from one of my postings. The revamped TypePadContinue readingThe Escalating TrackBack Spam Wars

Trackback Spam, Praising Dvorak, Office Revenge And Other Byways On The Route To Where You’re Going

One of the scary, but compelling, bits of having a blog is seeing how people found you. TypePad offer referring addresses which make this very easy, but all it does is make you wonder whether most of the people visiting you are on their way to somewhere else. (It also reveals how well trackback spam works.) Here’s a sampling of the past few hours: Google search for ‘gay male sex’ took the hapless user to my Directory of Firewalls (this may have something to do with some nasty trackback spam I hadn’t spotted, but don’t you think the page title would have given the game away?Continue readingTrackback Spam, Praising Dvorak, Office Revenge And Other Byways On The Route To Where You’re Going

Dvorak Doesn’t Like Tagging, Or Bloggers For That Matter

John Dvorak has a go at tagging: To Tag or Not to Tag, That Is the Question Enter yet another more baffling attempt at tagging. This one is fascinating since it’s been gussied up with a new name, and for some unknown reason been given the blessing of a bunch of brain-dead bloggers. This is because a few of the favorite sites that the bloggers love have tacitly approved of the so-called—get this—”folksonomy tags.” Oh, a new term! This one is a laugh riot, since there is nothing new here except the new name: Folksonomy. I mean even in HTML there was the “metatag.” No,Continue readingDvorak Doesn’t Like Tagging, Or Bloggers For That Matter

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