This comment a few minutes ago by the aptly nick-named “fool” is fairly typical of comments on very old Troppo posts. Comments on old posts are almost always either blog spam or moronic (and sometimes both).
In fact, the entire Ubersportingpundit empire (including Troppo) has been getting bombarded by huge amounts of blog spam over the last week or two (like Tim Blair, it seems). It’s getting so bad that our landlord Scott Wickstein is worried that the web hosting company may soon impose sanctions for excessive bandwidth use as a direct result of the flood of spam.
Accordingly, he’s about to tweak the database so that the comments facility for all posts automatically shuts off after a designated period of time. I pleaded for as long a period of open comment facility as Scott could allow, and he’s agreed to leave Troppo posts open for 14 days from first posting. That should be just about enough to exhaust constructive dialogue on most topics, while limiting opportunities for the spammers. If you have something you want to say about an older post, you can always email your comment to me (kpar2567 AT bigpond.net.au), and I’ll open the thread momentarily and post it on your behalf.
I hope this innovation won’t prove too inconvenient for readers. I’m still keen on promoting leisurely, considered dialogue on issues we discuss here. But the spammers have become so troublesome that drastic action is needed. Scott is going to undertake the tweaking this coming weekend, and we probably won’t be able to post while it’s happening (probably Sunday).
PS – It looks like we are being attacked by the same group of arseholes who targetted Tim Blair – a weird combination of trolls and blog spam. I say trolls because at least some of the comments are vaguely responsive to the topic of the post i.e. they’re inserted by real humans not spambots. I’ve just been forced to close comments on a second old post that’s been infested with a series of these comments in only a few minutes. If it happens a third time (which I imagine it will, since it’s clearly being orchestrated by real live sub-human fuckwits, who are probably lurking around and reading this post), I’ll be forced to close off all comments completely until Scott implements his fix on the weekend.