SPAM, SCRAPERS and Aksimet

Posted by Don Moore on August 17, 2007 at 6:57 pm under Uncategorized | 2 Comments to Read

One of the more interesting things about running this site is seeing who and what is trying to link in. We use an active SPAM filter – Akismet – that has stopped over 15,000 spam attempts over the past few months.

Today, I posted a picture of Andy at the Grasshoppers baseball camp and less than 6 hours later, it had been scraped (a web term for capturing and republishing elsewhere) on a porn site that was interspersed with baseball news. The site posted a comment on the picture here that linked back to the porn site. The SPAM filter tagged the comment immediately as SPAM and prevented it from being posted until someone (me) personally reviewed the post.

I don’t mind that they scraped the picture – there’s really nothing I can do about that without some serious coding on my part. What I will not accept is the links back to their porn site. This is a family-friendly site, as best we can make it, and porn and other adult content have no place here.