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Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam

And now for something completely different:

The smart little anti-commenting-spam filter Akismet has been working overtime for me since I re-installed this blog in January. And over the weekend, it broke the 8,000 spam comments captured mark. That’s 8,000 ads for Paris Hilton nudies , SEO optimization and pharmaceuticals. I have no idea why this blog is generating such a colossal ammount of spam – especially since our other blog Dabbler.ca only collects a fraction of that even though it’s viewership is signifficantly higher.

All I can say is thanks to the WordPress team for pre-installing Akismet in their builds. Without it I would spend all of my time filtering comments instead of writing.

(And an apology to those that have gotten their comments deleted by accident. Problem is that if I forget to purge the filter for a couple of days, I have hundreds of very long messages to sift through and I tend to just delete everything. So if you feel wronged, just try again.)

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a Senior Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning (formerly lynda.com specializing in AI, bleeding edge web technologies, and the intersection between technology and humanity. He also occasionally teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He is a popular conference and workshop speaker on all things tech ethics, AI, web technologies, and open source.