Troppo has been getting its usual share of blog spam over the last week since I’ve been back on deck. The volume is substantially less than it was late last year, due to some magic “fixes” worked by our genial blog host Scott Wickstein, but it’s still enough to be irritating. One day soon I’ll get around to moving over to WordPress, and possibly also implementing a Turing Code in a bid to decisively defeat these human tapeworms.
However, at least we’re not suffering to anywhere near the extent of Tim Dunlop, who’s been forced by the spammers to shut down his blog until he finds a way to beat them. Tim and other blogspam victims might be interested in reading this interview with a British blogspammer published by The Register (link via Barista).
Incidentally, the interviewed spammer opines that blog “link spamming” isn’t illegal, at least under UK law, and the article author appears to agree with him. It’s not really my area of expertise, but do any local readers have a view on whether link spamming is lawful under Australian law? Of course, it’s largely an academic question, because all or most of the spammers are based overseas and in a practical sense almost certainly beyond the reach of Australian litigants. But I’d still be idly interested in the answer. I wonder if Kim Weatherall is out there? She’s certainly posting actively at present.