Monday, August 03, 2020

If A Blogger Screams On The Internet...

... can you hear it? If you could, you would hear me screaming wildly. Something wicked this way has come, a strange barrage of comments, literally hundreds of them from "nwonknu" (I spelled the name in reverse because I didn't want to actually put the fake name here on the post) who has all sorts of creepy horrible things to say, overtly sexual and mean. Most of the comments end up in the junk mail, but some show up in the inbox. Ugh. I have googled and googled around to see how to make it stop, but there doesn't seem to be a way. I already have comment moderation on, and I thought about limiting comments to people who have gmail accounts, but I have seen discussions saying that that hasn't worked. I've thought about starting a new blog. It's that creepy. Are you getting comments like these?

I'm also finding that sometimes blogger logs me out so that I can't leave comments on other blogs. It even logs me out of my own blog. I don't think it's a hacker/virus problem, but I do think it's a google blogspot problem.

What started out as a fun way to connect with people around our beautiful planet is getting to be a little bit troubling and less fun than it once was. I want to keep posting pretty pictures, if in fact we ever get out of our sheltering in place mode and walk somewhere besides our little neighborhood, but who knows when that's going to happen. I love the blogging community. You have shown me the most beautiful sights and shared insights and life stories that have enriched my life. I don't want to give this up.

What should I do?
And here's a photo for you. We had to drive into the big town of Eureka the other day. As we were zooming along at 55 mph I clicked this pic out the car window. I thought it looked so much like the ocean in the distance, the horizon and the cloud above. It's not; it's all cloud above the trees there.  A fun illusion on our short drive.

Today is Roger's 78th trip around the sun. He was going to post something here, but got sidetracked by fence repair work and harvesting potatoes. He's quite the energetic old man, and I'm so happy to have been on more than 32 of those trips around the sun with him. Happy birthday, Roger!

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  1. Me too robin. It is a constant battle to stay ahead of the creep though I guess it is really a bot and not a real person. Still it is annoying as crap. I was pleased though that it took Sunday off and I had not one attempt. Ahhh.

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    1. Patti-- I think it is a bot. The same couple of comments keep showing up. It drives me crazy. I wish it would just stop. Ugh.

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    2. robin, don't know if you want to try this but it has worked for me. He would leave his comments on older posts so I went to my post list and clicked on edit. Then went to options, then clicked on comments and clicked on (don't allow, show existing), click on "done" then "update". It leaves all the comments all ready posted alone but prevents new ones. I actually did about 100 posts in less than half an hour. So far all is quiet.

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    3. Patti-- Thank you for that idea. I may give it a try. Spam bots really are monsters.

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  2. Happy birthday Roger! Your energy inspires me!

    As for the spam, ugh, I get it too, but I haven't been deluged by hundreds of such messages yet, as I've heard others have been. I really hope you continue blogging. If you do start a new blog, please let me know as I wouldn't want to lose your kind, wise loving spirit from my life. I hope the spam goes away soon, as it sometimes does.

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    1. 37paddington-- Thank you for your good wishes to Roger. He appreciates it!
      For some reason the spammer has gotten very active these past few weeks. I'm hoping it will just stop.

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  3. Happy Birthday Roger! I aspire to be an energetic old man also :)

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  4. Happy birthday Roger . Have a great day. I have one recular nuisance wannabe commenter. I think a flood would unnerve me. Please keep on blogging. You are valued as you value others.

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    1. Red-- Thank you for your kind words. It would feel very sad to stop blogging after all these years.

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  5. I get the occasional spammer that leaves about 7 or 8 comments and they always come to my email inbox which I don't understand as my spam blocker is on high with only the people on my allowed sender list supposed to be able to get through. I haven't gotten the overwhelming avalanche that some people have. When I see one I just go to the dashboard to the comments section and mark them as spam and delete them. if certain ones persist I take a screenshot and send it to blogger via their 'feedback' button and complain.

    Happy birthday to Roger.

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    1. ellen-- I think these spammer bots have really figured out how to get past the filtering system. My gmail mostly puts them in the junk mail folder, but every and then one makes it through. Ugh.

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  6. Me too! I can't access my blog on my phone but can on my pad. I can't get to my reading list on either. Pictures are unwieldy. Frustrating.

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    1. Linda-- I hope we can all keep blogging and get past these spammers.

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  7. Have a wonderful birthday, Roger.
    Hope you can continue blogging. Don't let the bots win!

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  8. Happy birthday to Roger!

    I get spam now and then but never a deluge like that. I moderate comments on any post older than five days and so far, so good. But yeah, Blogger should find a way to block these bots, because they DO risk driving people away. I know Ms Moon at Bless Our Hearts has had a terrible time with spam comments.

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    1. Steve-- The bots seem to have decided The Dharma Bums is a good place to go a little crazy. I'm hoping that they will move on soon or maybe just drop dead. Yes, that would be the best.

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  9. I've had those spammers so much, and I used to be able to label them a spam, and then delete them, on the old Blogger format. All comments just seem to have no management on the new Blogger, but I usually get a copy of them in my email. Mmm, now that you mention it, I haven't been getting them except for those over 2 days old. So I guess that's how I've set it up.
    Happy birthday Roger! We share the same birth month/year...as well as my last name is like your first one! Ha ha. If we were teenagers that would be something. Keep on blogging, please.

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    1. thanks for the birthday wish and the encouregment

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    2. Barbara-- We still have the old blogger format. I have no idea why the sudden barrage of spam has happened, but it's such a bummer. I just wish it would stop.

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  10. First, Happy Birthday to Roger! Now, about Blogger. I've gotten spam comments, and awhile back, it wouldn't let me post comments on people's blogs. Blogger has just updated its whole look, so I'm wondering if it's buggy because of that. It really sucks. I've considered using word press. I don't know if that platform has the same issues or not.

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    1. Sharon-- I remember thinking about Word Press years ago. Now I wonder if that platform has similar spam bot issues. It doesn't even make any sense that spammers would think someone would click on their links. Such jerks. Ugh.

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  11. Happy birthday Roger. Health and happiness!
    Don't get too worked up on the spam comments. It's going to stop. I had it twice. Just delete and move on.

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    1. Sabine-- I'll try to keep cool and calm about it. Truly good advice. The past few days were overwhelming with spam. Hopefully they'll move on.

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  12. Happy birthday, Roger. I'm a couple of years ahead of you but don't have near your stamina. I think we're going on a picnic tomorrow though. Andrea, as for the spammer, I've found that moderating comments allows me to discourage them and they usually go away after only a few tries. Good luck and DO NOT STOP YOUR BLOG!!!

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    1. Catalyst-- We do have comment moderation on, so no spam shows up here. But the inbox fills up with it. Hopefully they'll move on. Thank you for your encouragement.

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    2. thanks catalyst. i am slowing down quite a bit.

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  13. Happy 🎂to Roger and I hope he has many more trips around the sun, moon, earth...
    as for the barrage of spam, Robin, I don't have a solution. Thankfully, I only get an occasional one in email and that is immediately trashed. I used to get them more often in blog comments, and did get one yesterday. But they are not as numerous as you've been experiencing. I check comments daily and immediately delete any spam or ones that seemed suspicious. Like yourself, I also enjoy the blogging community and I would hate for our joy to be spoiled.

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    1. Beatrice-- Interestingly, today I had many in the morning, and then it stopped. None for the rest of the day. I am so happy about that. Yes, our blogging community is a joy.

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  14. Happy Birthday Roger!!

    There are isues with Blogger at the moment because they have changed their interface. I went back to the old system for now until they can fix the bugs.

    Don't chuck it in just because some idiot is being an idiot. I haven't got those comments - unless they are the ones saying all baby boomers should die as soon as possible. I just delete the comment. They'll get tired of it. There's all sorts of shit happening atm. There is some cause to believe it is foreign (read Chinese or Russian) hackers trying to cause the West as much grief as possible. Fuck 'em. Keep on blogging but don't give them too many personal details. I rarely mention where I am, if at all.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- I'm sticking with old blogger format until it all works out. You get those baby boomer comments as well! That was how it all began for me. Now that one shows up every now and then, but the bulk of crap is sexual with links to things, which no one in their right mind would ever click on. I like your perspective about foreign hackers. I hadn't considered that. And I will try to be careful about where we actually live. Thank you so much for that.

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  15. I get the odd message on my blogs from the Numpties but I moderate the comments so I can spam & delet them and no one sees them. They are infuriating I admit. I use Gmail and get very little spam, most is captured first. Worse come to worst I'd open a new accout and dump that one. You cam always save the data from Blogger and add it to a new one. BTW I have two Gmail Accounts not to mention two other emails accounts and two blogger ones though the second is not used now. One of the email accounts is one I use with my wife

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    1. Billy-- Yes, we use Gmail, and they do capture most of the junk mail, but every now and then they show up in the inbox. Ugh. We're going to keep on deleting, and hopefully the bots will get tired of their stupid, mean-spirited x-rated ugliness.

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  16. There's spam and there's spam; some can be very unpleasant. I had a password failure some years ago and this resulted in blackmailing emails, saying I'd been photographed (by the camera on my own monitor) watching porn and engaged in - shall we say - intimate activity. My monitor wasn't equipped with such a camera but even that wasn't enough to rid me of the realisation I'd been brought into contact with a dirty little human. Such emails, from different sources, continued for more than a year and most used the same wording. A particularly loathsome aspect was the admonition at the end of the email that I should not blame my blackmailer since he was "just trying to make a buck".

    My grandson was a help. He pointed out some contact had got hold of that password and had sold it on to a selection of bottom-feeders. Round about the same time the local newspaper reported that someone else in Hereford had been similarly blackmailed; terrified of being exposed as was threatened he'd committed suicide.

    I can't shrug off the nastiness you are undergoing. Bot or not, it's triggered by a human and is a form of assault. The only suggestion is to discuss your discomfort with others, face to face (not via the computer). Their revulsion at this practice can be a sort of comfort.

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    1. Roderick-- It is so interesting how this wonderful internet that has provided this opportunity for connecting with people has so clearly shown us how mean-spirited and creepy some people are. I appreciate you sharing your story. I guess we are all in this together. Thank you.

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  17. I'm sorry you are experiencing this. It sounds like a bot, driven by an algorithm. As annoying and frightening as it must seem, if you can just keep deleting and ignoring it, eventually it will move on to someone else. I get them, too, but not in abundance. Not yet, anyway.

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    1. Colette-- I think the deleting and ignoring is working right now. I've only gotten two ugly comments this morning. Yesterday there were at least 15. Yay!

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  18. I use Wordpress, and so far its spam filter works pretty well. But I don't think I have been the target of a concerted effort, as it appears you are.

    Roger -- Happy birthday, Old Dude! Maybe one day I'll catch up.

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    1. Mark-- I have been hearing from lots of fellow bloggers that the spambots are really going at it on blogspot. It's a total bummer. But, so far things seem to have quieted down a bit. yay!

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  19. Happy birthday, Roger!

    I've been getting those messages, too. In my inbox, and as comments on the blog, mostly on old posts. I have blogger set to require my confirmation on comments on older posts, so I don't think they actually end up showing on the blog. But I do have to delete them, because I hate having my files polluted.
    Sometimes they're selling something, but usually it's porn. Yuk!

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    1. Susannah-- I think I may change my setting so that only comments older than 5 days (or something like that) require moderation, and that the most current posts can have comments when they are written. It is a terrible creepy act of pollution, these spam bots have really made a mess of things. Yuk, indeed.

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  20. First, a Happy Birthday to Roger--a fellow Leo! The best kind! Next, I'm sorry to hear you're being put through this peculiar online hell. It's a misery that I have been largely thus far spared. And lastly, I'm so pleased to be reconnected. As you know, I'm an early fan of Dharma Bums, and have promised myself to return to more activity on the blogosphere, other than my own posts.

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    1. Peter-- It is so wonderful to have you back here in blogger land. I look forward to hearing from you and reading your compassionate and insightful posts (and being able to comment there again!).

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    2. thank you peter. good to hear from you. happy b'day to you... fellow leo.

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  21. Late to the party - Happy Birthday, Roger!

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