Opinions and Rants #19: You Win, Chinese Spammers. I Give Up.

I fought the good fight, but I'm down for the count. I tried to be patient and just delete the Chinese spam, but now it's just getting ridiculous. Time that I could be spending writing a good post is spent deleting Chinese spam. So, I give up and will have to moderate comments.

I don't know about you, but I like to see my comment on a post immediately. I hate to have to wait for comment moderation because I could have really effed up my comment (I don't proofread my comments), and I'd like to see it.  Plus, it's just nice.

I haven't had near as much time to comment on other blogs that I follow in the past few months. It's a give and take: you only have X amount of time in a day to spend blogging. Do you want to spend it commenting or posting? There's often not time to do both.

Anyway, to all you Chinese spammers who now force me to do comment moderation, I wish you all the worst in whatever shitty business you are trying to promote. Thanks for nothing.


  1. Sorry to hear about that. I like seeing my comments right away and coming back in a little while to read the follow ups. I don't know if there's a better way or not, just hope you can get it straightened out. Is there a way to blog the IP? Can you do like some blogger accounts where after you hit submit THEN the word verification comes on? Can you disallow anonymous comments? I don't know, what a pain.

  2. There are other ways to deal with this, I'm sure. However, I'm just so sick of it, that I just give up. Chinese Spammers 1, Gilligan 0.

    I check on the comments pretty regularly anyway, so hopefully, comment moderation won't be too bad. Maybe I can now get rid of the word verification. (sigh)

  3. Sorry to hear it. It is freaking annoying, that's for sure!

  4. I'm with you on this one. I just initiated comment moderation for the same reason. Those guys are quick, too. No sooner do I post something when, bam! The cryptic comment complete with "mystery link" appears.

  5. same shit happens to me and I DO moderate the comments. You'll still have to go in and reject a bunch of spam comments though. It's a pain in the ass.

  6. If it makes you feel any better (which it probably won't), I get Chinese porn spam on mine. The only thing that helped cut it down a bit was by not allowing anonymous comments.

    I'm hate word verification (who wants to take the time to type in nonsensical words?), so I won't make my reader peeps do that either.

    Long story short: turns out, I'm not so helpful. Damn!

  7. No givee in to Chinese spammy!!

    It just means your blog is way popular! I have yet to deal with spammers. I'm jealous.

  8. It's ok, Gilligan. We still love your blog and as long as you get the message - I don't care if it ever actually posts anyway. I mean, honestly, it's not like I provide such riveting commentary that the whole world is waiting with baited breath to read what I think your blog posts.

    BTW - your blog is AWESOME.



  9. What a bunch of $#!T#[email protected]$!! Doesn't it make you want to do MEAN THINGS? I'm going through a bunch of crap right now while searching for a rental home. More than half of the rentals available end up being @$$bites in nigeria who just so happen to be "Missionaries" who can't send you the key until you western union an $#!Tload of money. The sad thing about this B.S. is that there are actually poor saps that FALL for it! I get peeved off just thinking about it. I could go on and on. spammers, people who send evil viruses, twisted nigerian theives....GRRRRRRRRRRRR!

  10. The girl in the picture looks like Amy Poehler :)

    Yeah, I just got my first spam comment and I use word verification. It is hard for me to see how spam comments actually work and make those jerkoffs money, but it must or they wouldn't do it... sigh...

  11. Well, by the first grade I learned that some people gotta F**K things up for everyone. I'd rather wait for my post than look at a bunch-o-crap from these idiots.

  12. WHEW!! When I first saw this post, I thought you were throwin' in the towel on Retrospace--this is my favorite site on the internet, I couldn't handle the 21st century without it!

    I don't understand how these Chinese spammers work either; I just have a dinky personal Windows Spaces page & turned off the comments a couple months ago because they'd go back to earlier blogs (in 2006, 2007) & leave those large paragraphs of Chinese script or links.

    Gilligan, you're my hero--thanks so much for this awesome site.

  13. Thanks for the kind words!

    I just deleted my first spam before it made it to the post, and it felt good.

  14. Sad, but what can you do? Once the spammers find you and start to hit you with their crap you've got no other choice but to moderate comments.

    You really have to wonder why these people feel the need to spoil it for everyone else, don't you?

  15. The day after I enabled comment moderation last week justto stop the dreaded chinese spammers,I got a reasonably nice but pointless comment on a post followed by an ellipse. When I looked closer, the ellipse and about 20 more periods following it were all individual chinese spam links!!!! So look out!They're clever!