Make your comments count!

I dislike clutter, INTENSELY. I create it inadvertently, I put up with it sullenly, and I do try to reduce it, but its advance is relentless. It  INVADES, stealthily, despite my best efforts at prevention.

Here’s my kitchen on a clutter day. Some will laugh at my concept of clutter but I have a very low clutter- tolerance; my children will attest to that.Help! I need Clutter ControlBecause of my distaste for my own clutter, I try to keep my blog page as simple as possible. This is mostly why you won’t find stats on my page, with one exception. I have a spam counter. I include the spam counter because a)  I want to see how bad the spam problem is and b) I want to make a little, daily protest (however feeble and futile) about the scourge of spam.

So, how bad is the spam problem on my blog? Pretty bad, I’d say, but unlikely to be much worse than that experienced by other bloggers.  Am I right or am I right? (Please tell me I am right. It would be too embarrassing to find out that I am the only one subjected to spam! ) Since I began blogging last year I have had 2455   real comments and  4098 blocked spam comments. I think that’s not only bad but sad, too. Sad, that spammers, with their illiterate nonsensical blither, out number all the wonderful, genuine people who do comment and communicate on my  blog.

But, with spam being cheerily filtered by numerous spam filters, and out of sight most of the time, is there any point in stressing about it, or grizzling about it, or even making a faint little protest about it? Why, yes, I believe there is a point; just a tiny one.

Here’s why: how would you feel if every day, hour after hour, persons unknown, went along your street throwing pamphlets and paper onto the ground and every which way. You could sweep up a few and maybe city street cleaners would sweep up a few more. But, in a very short time, your street would be impassable, unusable, ugly, unbearable and eventually unlivable. And none of those scenarios includes the tremendous waste of resources, natural and human, that would be  involved in such an inconsiderate and random pamphlet distribution. Although we can’t see spam in this literal way, this, as I understand it,  is what spam does to the internet. It fills up a lovely open internet highway with rubbish; it wastes space and time and deprives us of speed and our ability to use the internet to its full potential.  Put another way, spam on the internet is something like dirty oil in your car engine ,or contaminated fuel in your gas tank. It mucks up the works.

How much it can muck up the works was evident earlier this year when a cyber war, related to spam, nearly brought the internet to its knees. Remember this? http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science/jan-june13/cyberattacks_03-27.html

So, what can we do to mitigate the consequences of spam. Not a lot, l would suggest, but, at the very least, we folk on WordPress can activate our spam counters and out comment, those scummy scammers till they have to hide fearfully on the fringes of the WordPress world.  LOL, as if! But, surely, worth a try?

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36 thoughts on “Make your comments count!

  1. Clanmother

    I think that there are certain key words (see Valerie’s comments above) that create the onslaught of spam. Excellent post, Gallivanta. Something that we need to monitor closely.

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  2. Judy Guion

    WOW !!!!! I just did the math, and in the 8 months I’ve been posting, I’ve averaged 8.6 SPAM per post. I’ve had 1330 real comments and 1938 blocked spam messages. Now, I guess I really need to look at them to see if any are really legitimate comments. Ugh.

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  3. Judy Guion

    I really need to look at my READER more often. This post is priceless…. I, too, had never thought of it as paper clutter, filling our streets and yards, but I’m going to turn on my SPAM counter to find out how bad it is on my site. I’ve never checked it…. oh, dear. Is that terrible???

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I am glad you enjoyed my post, if enjoy is the right word! Some people don’t seem to have as much spam as I do, but, whatever the amount, it is still clutter and bad for all of us. And no you are not terrible at all 🙂

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  4. utesmile

    I never understood about spam, as it is filtered out I never worried, I just checked I have 2300 in almost a year now, that is not too bad. When you look at ti , I think they are most advertising ,not idividual people, as some are very long with websites at the end. Well in the cyberworld so much can happen, our IP address was hacked from someone in the UK and we lost our internet. Fortunatley my son has a good wall and he did not get into anything. We did change the Internet provider now and got a new IP address. I just wonder why people do it????

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Your spam count is very good/low. Excellent. I am sorry to hear your IP address was hacked but, yes, why do people do these things! Such a nuisance to us. We have better things to do like write our blogs and send happy thoughts and hugs across the world. Have a lovely weekend.

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  5. gpcox

    My word press spam folder has worked very well in side-tracking 2 to 6 spams per new post. Is that about what you’re getting?

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Yes that would be about right. Some days there is more spam than others. The spam filter is very good but it would be so much nicer if the spam would just disappear 🙂

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  6. valeriedavies

    I’ve had 3,694 comments, and 14,265 akismet blocked spam, apart from the thousands that have slipped through – as you say, mostly viagra… I wrote a blog about it, The Tragic and Hilarious life of a Blogger… one of the blogs that precipitated the most spam was one titled ‘Ladies and Gentlemen : The Queen’ – those words in the title caused an avalanche of penis enlargement offers as well as viagra…and even when I changed the title, just leaving ‘ The Queen ‘, they still poured in… I sometimes despair !!!!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Yes, I remember your post very well. It was excellent. I think we share a similar stance. My greatest despair is probably the ruinous effect it has on the full functioning of the internet. But I suppose, as in all things, “this too shall pass’ and 20 years hence we will wonder what the fuss was about 🙂 In the meantime, we can join cyber hands in protest.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      That is interesting to know. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to the spam that hits me. I mean one post will attract spam comments on watches, shoes and Viagra!

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  7. YellowCable

    A nice write up about clutter and spam. I think they both can be hard to get rid of completely. The first one can be under your control but the later I am afraid is going to be with us for some time.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Yes, you are quite right. I am so glad that we have spam filters though. I wonder if there is a clutter filter I could use in my house :D?

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  8. ordinarygood

    Ahhh clutter. I’m a clutterbug no matter how much tidying and decluttering I do. As for spam on the computer- most of it is generated by ” bots” set up by who knows who but that accounts for the crazy messages that come forth.
    Were you cooking something tasty in your kitchen?

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Should I say Ban the Bot? 🙂 And, yes, the clutter in the kitchen did produce some delicious food, so it wasn’t all bad! Maybe clutter is a bit like dust bunnies; it just happens.

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  9. mmmarzipan

    I hate clutter too… more than ever now with a toddler running around the place ;). And the spam that has been picked up on my blog is ridiculous. I would ever click on any of those links, let alone by products from someone who spammed me!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Indeed. It is hard to imagine who does click on spam! And I was very inspired by your de-cluttering posts awhile back. You are a friend and supporter in my attempts to live clutter free.

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  10. melodylowes

    I have a thing about clutter, too – I never thought about spam being cyber-clutter, but that it is. It is all so stupid – barely intelligible dither, which never seems to have the right context. Why spam?? Am I really going to be so impressed with you that I will pop over and buy some viagara from your site?? *sigh* Don’t get me started… 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Yes, I try not to waste too much emotional energy on it but it is important to realise that it is clutter. I think the one aspect of it that does actually upset me is when it is attached to something that I consider special or sacred like a photo of a war memorial; that is when the mindlessness of spam really offends me.

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  11. Tracy Rhynas

    I had never thought of spam in that context – dirty oil in your engine – very good point! I occasionally check my spam filter to make sure nothing important found its way into there, and to laugh at the ridiculousness of the drivel that’s in there. What I don’t get is why they do it. We all have spam filters, and the messages are so obviously a load of rubbish, so how do the spammers benefit? All they do is wind up in the bin…..all seems very pointless. Pointless clutter.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I quite agree. It’s seems so pointless but on some level it must work enough to make it worthwhile for the spammers. How, is a mystery to me too.

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  12. terrytrekker

    Yes, Spam should only be used for eating! I really do not know what spammers hope to achieve by spamming your site. I can only assume that they are ardent admirers of your blog as I am, and express their delight through gifts of spam. Be honored, here is my spam, thank you ma’am! 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Gifts of spam; now that is a great way to look at it. I have a can of SPAM in my emergency supply kit but I sincerely hope there is never an emergency bad enough to require me to eat it.

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