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Bilbo crazed

Spam comment nuisance returns.

Posted on 2012.12.14 at 09:23
Just an apologetic note to unregistered readers of this journal, not that you will be able to say anything back as soon as I post.

Because of the tons of repellent spam my journal was getting, several months ago I sighed and set my journal to "registered users only" in an effort to cut down on the glut. It worked to a degree, but I was still getting lots of spam comments from registered users advertising their wares through LJ. So, with an even deeper sigh, because I have always intended this LJ to be completely public, I set it to "friends only". That did the trick.

Because I wanted everyone in the world to see these new poems of jan-u-wine's I just posted, I took off the restrictions yesterday morning. No spam! Woo hoo! Maybe they took my journal off their lists?

I spoke too soon. Just now I received what I am sure is the first of a tidal wave of trash, an anonymous comment advertising porn its site. I deeply regret having to do it, but I am putting Mechtild back to "registered users only". When the trash comments start showing up from unethical registered users, I will put it back to "friends only".



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mechtild at 2012-12-14 19:44 (UTC) (Link)
Yep, when I changed the thing to "friends only" there was no spam. I always wanted the journal to be a completely hospitable place, though, so it's aggravating that its open door has to be shut, even locked. Grrr.
ambree40 at 2012-12-14 22:26 (UTC) (Link)
How very annoying. I've had a few spam messages but blocking the accounts that sent them has, so far, been effective.
If you decide to go "friends only", I would really appreciate being added to your f-list (you are on mine; perhaps that's enough?) Before I took an LJ account myself, I discovered your Frodo posts, which I all read A-Z and enjoyed very much.
mechtild at 2012-12-15 03:20 (UTC) (Link)
I would really appreciate being added to your f-list (you are on mine; perhaps that's enough?

Yes, Ambree, that's enough. As to blocking the accounts, I do that, but new ones pop up, like the skeleton warrior's out of the dead dragon's teeth in Jason and the Argonauts. :)
not_alone at 2012-12-14 23:15 (UTC) (Link)
Mechtild, have you tried just turning off anonymous commenting rather than making your journal friends only? This is what I did when I was being driven mad with spam and I haven't had one since, not even from a 'registered LJ user'.
Jo Ann
yeuxdebleu at 2012-12-15 03:04 (UTC) (Link)
Mechtild, have you tried just turning off anonymous commenting...

Yes, that works. I have several friends who have done that. My LJ has been friends only almost the entire time I've had it. I do occasional public posts, but not many.
mechtild at 2012-12-15 03:29 (UTC) (Link)
That's the first thing I did. I was sorry to do it because I had at least one regular reader who had never registered on LJ and would no longer be able to comment. I told her in a reply before I did it -- turn off the anonymous comment function -- so she wouldn't be puzzled or feel offended.

Edited at 2012-12-15 03:30 am (UTC)
Jo Ann
yeuxdebleu at 2012-12-15 03:44 (UTC) (Link)
That was very nice of you. A few people have unfriended me over the years and I never knew why. And I've always sent a PM to anyone I felt the need to unfriend. It's the decent think to do, IMO.

You should tell that person to get a Live Journal. *g*
mechtild at 2012-12-15 05:53 (UTC) (Link)
That was very nice of you, too, Blue Eyes. Unfriending someone sounds like it ought to be a trifling thing, in the scale of larger life events, but it can feel dispiriting, hurtful even, especially if no reason is given.

You should tell that person to get a Live Journal. *g*

I did, and she did. *g* She hasn't figured out how to work LJ, though. I tried to tell her how to get emailed notices sent to her should she want to follow my or anyone else's LJ, but she said she couldn't get it to work and didn't have the spare time to fiddle around with it any further. So I've agreed to email her when I post. I post so infrequently now, when Jan writes a new piece and to celebrate important dates like the Baggins Birthday, the Fall of the Dark Tower, and JRRT's birthday, that it's no big deal to send her an email. :)
Jo Ann
yeuxdebleu at 2012-12-20 00:23 (UTC) (Link)
I have two LJ friends who have never been able to get new entry notices to work so I email personally, like you do. They both receive comment reply notices, so go figure. Just another of LJ's quirks.
mechtild at 2012-12-20 00:44 (UTC) (Link)
Just another of LJ's quirks.

Ha ha! And there are many, ey? I have not been able to see any userpics for a few weeks. Support has sent me some help guidelines, but they don't work with our operating system. Ah, well. I guess I just won't see any more userpics. But I'm not renewing my paid account in March. What for? I only got it for the extra userpics.
Jo Ann
yeuxdebleu at 2012-12-20 00:53 (UTC) (Link)
I have a permanent account and believe me, I wouldn't pay for that again. I get much too exasperated with LJ. Can you not see your own userpics or none at all? I haven't heard of that problem before.

Since October 12th, I haven't been able to stay logged into LJ and I've written to Support about it twice. So far, nothing. I can log in OK, but about every ten minutes I'm asked to log in again. It's incredibly annoying. I have three different browsers I can use, have cookies enabled, have not blocked LJ in any manner, but it still happens. It doesn't happen at any other sites where I'm permanently logged in so I know the problem is with LJ.

I agree. It's not worth the money just to get extra userpics.
mechtild at 2012-12-20 02:13 (UTC) (Link)
I don't have the log in problem, just the userpic thing. No, I can't see my own userpics or the userpics of others. Other people can see them, but not me. It started about three weeks ago. They had advice on their support line, which I followed, to no avail. They gave me subsequest advice, geared to two operating systems which we didn't have. I told them their advice wouldn't work for our system, but I never heard back. I figured that was enough.

I don't use any other journal and don't plan to. I'm really at the end of my fascination with online life, so I am not too fussed. I would be sorry, though, if my whole blog were disabled. Since 2004, I'll bet I must have spent one or two solid years of my spare time creating the entries on it. I did some nice work, and there are tons of Jan's super poems featured. I'd be very very sorry if it all bit the dust and no one could see any of it again. But I'm not going to pay for an account that can't even display userpics.
mechtild at 2012-12-15 03:23 (UTC) (Link)
I turned off anonymous commenting, Paulie, and that was a huge help, but still got junk comments that come from LJ accounts that are used solely to post spam comments. If you click the User Info for one there are typically no entries and no information. You can block them, each time one shows up in your LJ, but they seem to just keep sprouting like weeds.
maewyn_2 at 2012-12-15 00:12 (UTC) (Link)
That's awful. I haven't had the "pleasure" of such posts.

Even though my journal isn't officially friends locked, most of my posts are friends only because they're mostly about my family. Perhaps that's why I've not had this problem?

A couple of times in the past I've been friended by complete strangers (usually of Russian origin). Then, perhaps as I don't post so often, they would then unfriend me...
mechtild at 2012-12-15 03:27 (UTC) (Link)
most of my posts are friends only because they're mostly about my family. Perhaps that's why I've not had this problem?

I think so.

A couple of times in the past I've been friended by complete strangers (usually of Russian origin). Then, perhaps as I don't post so often, they would then unfriend me...
My very first spam comment was in a language I didn't know, looked like Polish. But eventually I figured the comments were spam as they had links in them. Later I got Russian spam too. If they have a pile of links, I always assume they're spam since the English language ones do. They're always trying to promote porn (this is the majority) or drugs for erectile dysfunction or designer handbags and things like that
wendylady1 at 2012-12-22 19:38 (UTC) (Link)
I've had to do the same thing with The Fashion Police Files unfortunately - the spam was getting completely ridiculous, sometimes up to thirty comments every day, in various random old posts - since then, I have had none at all, so it's worked !! As I understand it, if you set your journal commenting access to friends only, but keep your journal posts public, the public can still see your posts but they just can't comment.
mechtild at 2012-12-22 21:54 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, exactly - they're almost all in random old posts -- as if anyone would see their stinking spam comments anyway! Seems like a pointless project to me.

I will make sure I'm doing what you said - restricting only the permission to comment.
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