One of the most annoying aspects of managing a blog is the incessant spam comment that you get, which can total in the dozens per day if not more. These spam comments are usually generated by robots promoting just about any sort of crap that you can imagine and attempting to place links in your blog comments and, in the worst case situations, attempting to hack your website. These robots work on the basis that comments are just added automatically without any form of intervention and hope for a lucky break. While easy enough to ignore, send to the sin bin and then delete these obnoxious weeds, they can be an administrative pain in the first instance, as well as potentially having an adverse effect on your site if your hosting service begins to be affected. Most hosts have some form of spam filter, but these don’t always cater for what gets through on blog comment forms on a poorly secured website and that’s when problems can arise.
When we moved to the country in 2011, one thing that pretty much disappeared from our letterbox was junk mail. While we live in a small country town now, our location is just outside the junk mail distribution area, so that we rarely get any of the junk mail that others receive (though in far less quantities than city folk). Funnily enough, when we do receive such mail, it’s with an odd degree of excitement, now that it’s no longer a letter box crammed affair. Gippsland Farmer is always a must read.