The biggest drawback of starting a new web site is that it's tripled the amount of spam I have to deal with every day. On the plus side, some of it does provide cheap entertainment.
This morning, I got an email advertising "Amish wood milk". I'm not even tempted to look at it. No matter what it says, it can only get less weird, and what's the point of that?
I’ve noticed a number of new user accounts, all from questionable IPs and with names that are suggestive of random generation. None of them have posted any comments, sent any messages, or (as far as I can tell) visited more than once, and then often for only a few seconds. Occam’s Razor suggests that there are spammers out there who can get past the default settings on my (admittedly low end) captcha system, so Occam’s Ban Hammer says goodbye. (I have learned not to trust automatically generated accounts.)
In the future, I’m going to delete suspicious user accounts under two conditions: if they post comments that strike me as obvious spam, or if they sit for more than two weeks after account creation without saying anything at all. Of course, that does run the risk that I’ll deem an account suspicious when it really isn’t. If that turns out to be you, I apologize in advance.
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