This blog as recently passed the 300.000 views mark, and I want to thank the regular and not-so-regular readers for visiting.
I noticed a slight increase in views recently, which is probably due to Google tweaking their search results, but who knows.
I also want to thank WordPress and Akismet for saving me from the deluge of spam comments throughout the years. The Akismet stats say that some 62.000 spam comments have been filtered, the majority of them in this year alone!
For some time I also ran a forum, but I had to close it again because it was mainly visited by spam bots, and the software did not provide effective mechanisms to prevent them from posting.
Most of the recent link spam is in the form
[…] (post title) « devioblog[…]…
so it’s fairly easy to detect. I also figure that huge amounts of comments from the same IP range on a large number of blogs is an obvious indicator of spam.
Some bots still pretend to be human, and congratulate me for my style, content or design
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We loved your website so much
Yes, thank you too. And some texts are simply meant to make it through the language filter
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In the last couple of days spam related to Windows and Office product keys and key generators made me wonder whether Microsoft and other software vendors also maintain blogs here or elsewhere, and use the IP address and URLs provided in the spam comments to identify the spammers?