Spammers and Spam HuntersSometimes I don''t know which people are the worst. Those that spam or those that say they are going after spammers.
I deleted 145 spam posts on one of my blogs today. Fortunately I have moderate comments turned on so they never actually get posted. That makes the spammers bad, but that''s the worst inconvenience spammers have caused me.
However those that supposedly are our Spam saviors. Those that say they are fighting spam have caused me more problems than the spammers themselves.
Sorbs.net lists your domain name as a spam domain name if you happen to be hosted on or near the same IP address as the spammers. Therefore you are guilty by association.
To get your domain name removed off of sorbs.net''s list, you have to give them money. Sounds a lot like extortion since they manually add you to the list then ask you for money to be removed.
Then of course they tell you that they give the money to charity. I checked out the charity they say they give the money to. It goes to a legal defense fund they could use to defend themselves if you sued them. Some charity.
Twice now blogger.com has caused me spamconvenience. They have locked me out of one of my own blogs and one I manage for a client because their spambot said it might be spam. It also says that if you are a human reading this message then of course I am not likely a spambot and they will correct the situation.
They did this even though on that blog they require me to type into the little box whatever crazy letters they have in the little graphic to make each post on that same blog.
Half the time the little picture isn''t even there. So you cannot type the little letters into the box because the little letters don''t exist. So how can they use that method to make sure I am not spamming, then flag it as a spam blog?
However since I get paid to blog daily on the client''s blog, my loss of income, that I am sure Google will not reimburse me for, is just that lost income due to the spam fighters.
They did this today to the client''s blog. They are reviewing it they say. Like to see that blog? Go to http://hotelsandapartments.blogspot.com It''s not spam.
The first time it happened was one day after I created the blog. It had exactly one post in it. Wow, what a spammer I am. They blocked me from logging in but sent me a very nice email, which I had not opted in for, saying they would be glad to review that blog too. They even provided a nice link to where I could fill out a form to request a review.
When I followed their nice link in the unsolicited email, (not spam), they sent me, it asked me to log in using the username and password that THEY HAD ALREADY BLOCKED ME FROM USING!
So that blog had to be rebuilt elsewhere. Again, I have had way more trouble from spam fighters than I ever have had from spammers. Well, that''s all for my rant. Now I have to see if I can get the little picture below to load so I can see what stupid letters I have to type into the box so you can see this post.