Listowel Writers' Week Fringe

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April 14, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: 2010, starting up

Spam… the bugbear… we have a heap of spam comments piled up. It would be great to delete them all.

Because this is a labour of love (something from which we earn no income) it’s not easy to sort this problem.

The Festival is coming. It will be on us before we know it. It was about this time last year when we launched the blog. I hope we’ll publish a steam of posts before #LWW10 kicks off on 2 June.

Would you like to contribute content?
The Festival has so many aspects to it… We’ll publish all sorts of stuff around Listowel Writers’ Week. The people who go to Listowel for the workshops, literary events and publife have many interests.

This blog is here to pay honour to the wonderful tradition of the Festival. This is, after all, the 40th year. Get in touch with a comment. We’ll be reading them all, and responding.

Work in progress to maintain the blog…

August 05, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: blogs, connections

I’ve just deleted 200 comments – all spam.

I wish there was a way to highlight all the spam, so that I could simply press a button and vanish them all.

Perhaps saying anything about spam is unwise: might it draw spam here?

Patrick Stack is so stretched with other work that it may be a while before he fixes this issue.

Meanwhile, if anyone has any bright ideas on how I could deal with spam quickly, I’m listening…

Time to ban the spam

July 12, 2009 By: Patrick Stack Category: blogs

I’m getting rather tired of our Russian blog spammer “friends” at this stage. I’m not interested in what they have to say, more especially when I can’t read Russian either in cyrillic or latin script. I have neither the time nor the energy to chase down “nude photos of Angelina Jolie“, though I wouldn’t avert my gaze if one happened to pop up in front of me either. But I do take serious umbrage at spam with links claiming to lead to “nude photos of Angelina Jolie“, when in fact they lead to a malware site whose links download executable files (files ending in .exe) which no doubt harbour trojan horses and other nasty denizens of the cybervirus world.

I’m fortunate in that I can visit these sites to check them out without fear of contamination as I run Linux on my machine. Linux does not run executables with .exe extensions, unlike Windows which does, hence the vulnerability of the various Windows Operating Systems to viruses. Were I running Windows I’d be quaking in my boots every time I went online.

So, the time has come to ban the IP addresses of the offending Russian spammers from accessing this blog.

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