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Dear Spammers…

Thank you for continuing to submit your data to my anti-spam systems. I have been able to put your information to very good use, keeping my blogs and email practically spam-free 24-hours a day. The emails, comments, trackbacks, and referers that you submit are analyzed for key spam indicators, which I can then use to automatically block your servers so that your future spam attempts don’t even reach my web server.

Eventually, I hope to share my collected anti-spam knowledge to a wider audience, via WordPress plugins and web services available to the general public. Then, the whole world will be able to benefit from the corpus of information which you have so thoughtfully provided to me. I’m sure that you will rest better at night, knowing that your contributions don’t go unnoticed!

Thanks again for providing this invaluable service.


Dougal Campbell

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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17 Responses to Dear Spammers…

  1. Ozzie says:

    You are welcome Doug 😀 hehe, nah I’m just kidding. So, what’s the server IP so I can also blocked it. Sometiems spam comes to my commenting system once in 2 months or so

  2. Jay V says:

    Oh wow!!! I want in on this, too!!!

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  4. George says:

    I hate these spammers. My htaccess file is getting so big now because of these bastards.

  5. Marianna says:

    you are a batman! should we expect ‘block spammers for dummies’ in a near future?

  6. Ozzie says:

    @Marianna: That would be great if it actually published 🙂

  7. Don Melvin says:

    I hope you’re getting the spammers address from something other than the From: or Reply-To: field because, unfortunantly, domains get hijacked because so many of the anti-spam programs look to see that the domain is valid. My domain name is currently being used by a spammer this way. Everyday I’m getting ‘returned’ mailed the I never sent. 🙁

    Nice format!

  8. mike bailey says:

    Nearly half of my webalizer referers are spammers.

    Ohh i hate it.

  9. Knut K. says:

    Well done, a wp anti spam plugin would be nice, though 🙂

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  11. Jeff Watson says:

    At least you get spammers, I can’t even get anyone to read my blog. Any Ideas without being too technical, on how to increase my audience?



  12. Dougal says:

    The first thing is to make sure that you are posting content that others are interested in reading. If you are writing about articles that you’ve read elsewhere, make sure that you link to them, and send a trackback, if the other site allows it. Also, once you’ve posted your article, make sure you actually follow the links from your site to the other sites — this ensures that the other authors will see your site as a referer, and might interest them in visiting your site, as well.

    Secondly, participate in conversations on other websites, forums, and mailing lists (as long as you have something relevant to add to the discussion, of course). Make sure that you correctly post your blog’s URL (you didn’t put in the whole address in the comment on my site, I’m going to add the ‘.com’ in there so that visitors to my site will be able to click through to you) on blog comments, and make an email signature that includes the address as well.

    Gathering new, regular readers is a slow, uncertain process, but those two things should give you a good groundwork to build an audience. Participation on other sites will help you attract new eyes. Good content will help you keep them.

    I found the posts about your various pieces of artwork interesting. If you have any background information about the pieces, or interesting stories about how you found and acquired them, those might make good articles.

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  16. Sean says:

    Did you write your own custom algo?

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