October 07, 2004
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A Message From a Wiki Spammer
Sigh. It is no wonder no work is going on this morning. Our Asian wikis spammers returned, this time not only spamming our pages, but creating their own... and this time leaving a veiled threat of a message:
Please do not delete. I send this message only one time, in order to introduce some China website. IF you delete, I will publish every day.
There is only one problem, my Chinese spamming guest... your web sites have zero or even negative relevance to our educational oriented wikis. What do links to suppliers of electronics, fireworks. linens, camping equipment, fishing gear.... have any freaking connection with Learning Objects?
Well, now you have another problem China spammer. Try and figure it out.
blogged October 7, 2004 09:38 AM
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I was just browsing your blog and couldn't help be pulled in bythe phrase "spammers are crapping and leaving their fetid roach turds". That is a great descriptive phrase.
To me, this is the greatest threat to the 'openness' movement. I'm fairly new to blogs, but can already see their usefulness in many and varied fields. They can also be misused. A wired article (I'm not sure if I can post a URL without getting booted, but it was from the 7th of October entitled Prof Pursued by Mob of Bloggers) gives a good example of such a case. While blogging was used in an effective way to bring to light information about the forged document scandal, it was also used to try and quite a differing point of view. The ease of replication and the ability to 'publish' opens up a great opportunity for those with good, and bad, intentions.
Those nasty blog-spamming roaches have forced us to take action to prevent their spread- all entries made to this blog will remain open for comments for 30 days after the original posting date. After that, it is old news anyhow, correct?
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