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One Year Anniversary Review: Hurricane Katrina

Two weeks after my first post on WordPress.com, Hurricane Katrina sent us running for our lives away from the Gulf Coast of the United States. We had just come back after running from Hurricane Dennis a couple weeks before, so we had an idea of what we were up against. Having just ran, sat through, […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Splogs – The Dark Side of Blogging

Blogging is wonderful. It is free spirited babbling of all types, shapes, and sizes. Unfortunately, like all positive and wonderful things, there are a negative, nasty side to blogs: Splogs. Unfortunately, because they are part of the dark side of blogging, I’ve written about them over the past year. In “Reporting Spam Blogs: Splogs”, I […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Comments on Comment Spam

Comment spam is one of the biggest blights on the Internet. As far as I’m concerned, comment spam is the single most despicable and destructive force on the Internet today. Yes, we have problems with censorship, government infringement, copyright infringement, and other abusive issues, but comment spam is a plague that infests everyone. Part of […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Comments on Comments

Comments were one of the main reasons I started exploring various Content Management Systems (CMS) a few years ago. After 10 years with a static website, I wanted feedback. I wanted interaction. Sites were just beginning to offer comments outside of guest books and contact forms, and I craved a responsive and interactive audience. A […]

How NOT to Comment on Comments

I’ve had a few comments on comments, and even discussed mean spirited comments, and now it’s time for a basic tutorial in how NOT to comment on comments. I’m not talking about comment spam comments. I talking about a tutorial on the technique of commenting in the comments on blogs and how to get a […]

What Do I Do With My New WordPress.com Blog

You just got your first WordPress.com blog. Now what do you do with it? There are two ways to tackle your new WordPress.com blog. First, there is the typical way, then there is the practical approach. The Typical Way of Starting a WordPress Blog The typical method of starting to use your WordPress.com blog is: […]

How to Handle Tough Questions (and Comments) from an Audience

Calling All Stupid Comment Spammers

Hey, be a pal. Don’t delete this so I can get the backlink. Okay? I hate comment spam. It is such a waste of time. But this one cracked me up. The fact that it came from something named “Smartloans” tells me they ain’t too smart. Calling all stupid comment spammers! Pay attention. Listen closely. […]

Reporting Spam Blogs – Splogs

Quick Online Tips recently posted “How to Complain and Report Spam Blogger Blogs”, a good look at the procedures you need to take to report, and hopefully remove, splogs. A splog is a “spam blog”, a blog that copies content from other blogs without permission (though there might be a link back), using that content […]

Illegal Internet Gambling and Gambling Comment Spam

The US Government, along with many individual states and many governments outside of the United States, are doing their best to stop, control, or regulate Internet gambling. The US is taking the ultimatum method and making all online gambling illegal, resorting to the Federal Wire Wager Act (18 U.S.C. § 1084 (1994), which says: Whoever […]

Nominated for 9Rules – Not Worthy

According to Ping Six and 9Rules, Lorelle on WordPress has been chosen from among 700 entrants as one of the preliminary 111 finalists for inclusion in the 9Rules Blogging Network. Wow! What an honor. According to 9Rules, in order to qualify for inclusion in 9Rules, your site must have some of the following elements: A […]

Check Your WordPress.com Comments for Comment Spam

I wrote a few days ago about the massive comment spam attack on WordPress blogs, especially WordPress.com blogs, and how for the most part, Akismet was catching all the evil comment spam. Well, the battle is still being won, but comment spam is slipping through. A huge round of hotels, steroids, and other comment spam, […]

You Must Be Logged In To Comment

You must be logged in to comment. Okay. Tell me the truth. When you encounter a blog that compels you to respond, what do you think when you encounter “You must be logged in to comment”? Does it make you want to overcome your natural inclination NOT to share your email and private information with […]

Comment Spam: Vengeance is Theirs and Mine

It seems as though comment spammers are having a field day. In the past 24 hours, this WordPress.com blog has been hit by hundreds and hundreds of comment spam. Lovely drugs, mortgages, real estate, casinos, and penises. Reports are coming in on the WordPress Support Forum and WordPress.com support forum that blogs are being hit […]

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