Monday, February 20, 2012

Please prove you're not a robot

Google Blogger has changed their comment posting slightly, to make the CAPTCHA words harder to read.  When I try to comment on friends' blogs, it takes me 4 or 5 tries to get it right.  Slightly annoying, but what I find more remarkable, is that the spam comments into my own blog here at JustJoeP have skyrocketed recently.  This spam is driven by persons who do not speak English as their native language, and they all follow the same format:
'FakeFirst Name, Initial, NotQuiteRealLastName
Nice post! Keep up the good work!' followed by a link to some push ad.  It's pretty silly, futile, and annoying.
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Catherine L.Fulcher has left a new comment on your post "Frozen Stop Sign":
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Andre N.Polanco has left a new comment on your post "Better Know A Country, Kyrgyzstan":
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So while I am having to type in the CAPTCHA words 3 or 4 times to figure them out, some Really D. Fool spammer somewhere else in the world is cutting and pasting their ads into my blog, which I think "Mark as Spam" and delete.  This last week, has seen a surge in this inane activity. 

[each one of these had embedded links that I've modified, to avoid re-broadcasting or aiding search engine content]

When I got my county tax assessment in the mail this afternoon, and I see that my Phoenix property lost ANOTHER 11% in the last year, I started to get depressed... but then I thought, at least I will pay lower taxes, and I am not employed in a third world country as a inefficient and poorly executed spammer who is wasting his and his employer's time.  So I guess things could be worse. 

If you are a spammer, and you are considering targeting my blog with your ads, there's a few criteria you'll need to meet to be allowed to post:
1) your comment must be germane to the blog post.  It doesn't take that much effort, if you speak English.
2) your embedded link needs to not be a re-direct of a redirect.  Just include the link, and I'll assess if it is safe to post or not.
3) have a real name, not False.MI.FakeLastName
4) email me at my JustJoePblog  gmail address, and tell me what an awesome / or pathetic life you lead, and where you lead it, so I can understand your "plight" or perspective. 

I know No One will be reading this, or adhering to it, but I got a kick out of writing it.


  1. And the inane foolishness continues:

    jaylen watkins has left a new comment on your post "Please prove you're not a robot":

    Thanks for helping out in this regard. It is nice one to share.

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    [seriously "jaylen" ? How clueless can you be?]

  2. Hi I have also wondered why does Google keep putting that..


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