I just deleted probably the 200th comment spam I’ve received on my blog here. And I had finally reached the boiling point.
So I looked up the latest spammer’s domain at whois.sc, picked up the phone, and gave him a piece of my mind.
He was calm, but confused, and didn’t know what I was talking about. Apparently (and I believe the fella), he had hired someone to do ‘marketing’ for him. I explained to him why the practice of blog spamming is evil and also explained to him why it would suck for me to ‘just turn ’em off’ (the comments).
I suppose it’s pretty slow-going, teaching one spamming company at a time. But maybe I’ve done some good.
(And yes, I know that, especially with the coming of MT 3.0, there are various options involving queued comments, registration, etc. But I shouldn’t have to constantly stay one step ahead of the spammers just to allow others to participate in the community here.)