Spam Bots – Assemble!

One advantage to having an 18 year old domain name is it being on all the spam bot lists. This is the first time in a long time that I have had a blog here that allows comments on posts and even allowed for user sign up (I’ve disabled this already).

Since starting this iteration of the blog I’ve had more than 30 spam comments and 10 spam users in just 2 days. And that comes to the main question of my post.

What’s the freaking point?

With the amount of anti-spam plugins to enhance the already pretty decent anti-spam system here, is there any point to these spam bots just running continuously like they do? They go to all the effort of scanning a page, finding the commenting section, sending data to the form, some times they scan for keywords to include in the comment, and then the comment gets caught in the spam filters and either automatically deleted or manually checked.

Happy 18th Birthday!

As of the 9th of February 2020, the lankyland.com domain name has been continuously registered for 18 years. Were it a child I would be out at the pub buying it its first beer.

Lankyland has gone through many many many iterations. We started on Geocities way back in 2001 for a few months, then found its way to be hosted under CrackSmokingDucks.com for a while before the domain was registered in 2002.

The site has often been community based with basic blogging and commenting features being available a lot of the time. After a move to Dreamhost it grew to have multiple facets, the most popular being the Forums. The latest iteration of the forum is still available online, it started in 2008 and can still be posted on to this day.

The Lankyland.com main page has been fairly static but I am hoping to change that now, the forums will remain online but I am hoping that people will prefer to come here and build a community with me.