Shannon’s comment on my last post got moderated as spam (appropriately enough 🙂 ), and I mistakenly filed it as spam. All of which led me back to the Spam Karma admin tab to retrieve her magical comment.
When I got there I noticed that since my last Spam purge a few months ago, I have accumulated over 85,000 comments, 84,238 of which are spam. Of this number 651 were moderated, and only a handful actually got through (I would say two or three a week). Like the History Channel special “Life After People” Bryan Alexander linked to today, I started to wonder what the blogosphere would look like without spam filters. The internecine struggle reminds me of the classic story “Leiningen Versus the Ants,” except the man vs. nature theme doesn’t really work so well anymore.
In fact, it would be utterly impossible to host your own own WordPress blog if it weren’t for Dave’s brilliant Spam Karma plugin (or others like it). I would have to spend all my time fighting evil spammers, leaving little or no time for actually blogging. Having realized that I owe the ability to blog comfortably from my own server to Dave makes me want to actually do something for him in return. So, as I am trying to do more of these days, I am going to make a donation to him, it may be nominal given how much his plugin does for me on daily basis, but it certainly is a start.
Thanks Dave, for creating an excellent plugin that allows me to publish my inanities relatively free of spam, I couldn’t do it without you!