Spam attack? Tell Google, and wipe out online herpes

Sigh – just cleared another boring link spam attack. (You may have noticed it in the comments list on the right. Phooey. Something is not working in my blog filters, but anyway.)

But there’s a great weapon against this: the Google Spam Report page. You go there armed with the name of the site that’s trying to link-spam you, add in a couple of searches finding other blogs it has link-spammed, report it to Google, et voila. Spammer foiled, or at least annoyed.

It is depressing doing the searches though and finding how many gazillions of blogs have given up on preventing comment spam. Maybe it’s the online equivalent of herpes, ineradicable, but controllable.

You’re welcome to go do this yourself if you notice a comment spam attack going on here. Just get the name of the attacking site, and head over. No obligation, of course. But if you see it, then likely I haven’t.


  1. One thing I have noticed Charles is a problem with viewing the blog entries. When there is a long line of text in a comment, (like crawford’s hyperlink), the sidebar widens to accommodate the length of the first line of the comment obscuring the viewing area. i am sure that this is likely to be a problem with shonky old IE that I use at work.



    TFIF!< ! spaminator saw this >

  2. Ah, interesting point. On my Mozilla offshoot that I’m using (Camino) it pushes the extended hyperlink off towards the right, rather than intruding on the left.

    Not sure what I can do about that, apart from coding it so hyperlinks in comments are say something like “here”. It’s not an IE specific problem, is what I’m saying.

    Any web coding whizzes who want to look at the page source and suggest improvements…?< ! spaminator saw this >

  3. You might be able to chage the ‘overflow’ setting on the CSS style for your sidebar to stop it widening to accommodate long words:

    #menu {
    background: #fff;
    border left: 1px dotted #ccc;
    border top: solid 3px #e0e6e0;
    padding: 20px 0 10px 30px;
    position: absolute;
    right: 2px;
    top: 0;
    width: 11em;
    overflow: hidden;
    < ! spaminator saw this >

  4. Nick gets this morning’s prize (a ticket to Nigella apply yourself via Popbitch). But what’s the difference between “overflow = visible” and the other options, which are “hidden”, “scroll” and “auto”?

    Betraying my ignorance bigtime, but I guess that’s what blogs are for.

    Kudos to Macrabbit’s CSSEdit, which I’ve mentioned before. It takes all the pain out of CSS editing. Apart from the understanding bit, of course.< ! spaminator saw this >

  5. here’s the info..
    From my favourite web developing resource.
    ‘Visible’ means the text will display outside the usual style; this is the default.
    ‘Hidden’ just clips any overflow to maintain dimensions
    ‘Scroll’ displays scroll bars to allow scrolling (with greyed out scroll bars if there is no overflow)
    ‘Auto’ will only display scroll bars if needed.
    Personally I think the scroll bars are ugly in most cases, which is why I suggested ‘hidden’.< ! spaminator saw this >

  6. And I can already see the clipping working nicely on my url above!< ! spaminator saw this >

  7. but not mine (again).
    aarrgghhh !< ! spaminator saw this >

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