Dammit! Very few things actually infuriate me more than spammers. That is because Spammers are thieves! There is no difference between a spammer, and someone who would go around stealing pennies from everyone they can find. The logic is exactly the same too, “well, if I only steal from them a little, they won’t notice – but if I do it from a lot of people, I’ll get rich!”
I swear to God, I think the crime for spamming should be death by firing squad. And their entire families should be branded with a scarlet letter and humiliated. And their bodies should be burned until nothing remains but ash. Then, the ashes should be put in a plastic baggie which is also topped off with cow manure and a small chunk of lead. The bags should be loaded on a cargo ship crossing the ocean, and then dropped in when the boat is directly above the Mariana Trench.
Here, let me rank criminals for you:
- Child Molesters
I’ve been writing about Spam problems for years now:
- Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Blog Spam
- Those Sneaky Bastard Spammers!
- OMB Tops 100,000 Spam Threshold
- Spam Problem Growing – 176,000+ Caught So Far
- Disturbing Trends in Blog Spam
Yet this blog alone continues to average around 600+ SPAMs per day. That’s right, we’re way over 300,000 spams caught just by Akismet alone. But I’ve got other mechanisms in place to prevent spam as well which easily trap half of it or more before Akismet ever sees it.
So, what is happening is, every time a Spammer or their robot stops by, they put load on my server – eating into the responsiveness that YOU my dear reader receive, and simultaneously, they cause me to have to keep upgrading my server to handle more and more load which wouldn’t be so necessary if they didn’t exist.
Think of Spammers like this… Lets say you were a farmer and you had a field of corn. Now imagine that someone driving down the road sees your crop and says, “Mmmm. That looks delicious! I think I’ll stop and take a few!” Then, imagine that 600 people per DAY all do the same thing! These thieves are eating you out of house and home and you have to plant more and more fields in order to produce the same exact output because of the dwindling efficiency!
So I just wonder why more people don’t see this as a problem and put an end to it. If you were that farmer, I guarantee that after a little while you’d be sitting out there with a shotgun waiting to shoot someone.
Oh, and if you’re wondering what brought all this up for me today, it’s just another spammer. Someone stopped by and left a string of junk comments on the blog, obviously only to get their URL listed on my top commenters list.