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By my spam filter, which, at the moment, is a bit...aggressive...don't take it personally. You're not alone. Notice any familiar names in the screen shot below?




At the moment, every comment I make is eaten as spam. Luckily, I can rescue them immediately. Should you get a "403 error," or a "Sorry, your comment got munched by the spam filter" notice when you post a comment, please e-mail me right away and I'll retrieve it. Here's a screen shot of the "uh-oh, sorry" message:



We should be changing server companies in October, which should alleviate much of the problem. In the mean time, I've written to Akismet, which makes the super anti-spam software I've been using (they've given me my life back -- or at least the hour or so I used to spend every day managing spam), and asked them to take me out of their banned links/IPs. P.S. They're also great in terms of service. I think they must get bazillions of e-mails, but after a few days, they generally get to the request to unban somebody (old Chuckles, per example!) and follow through.

Posted by aalkon at September 21, 2007 5:50 AM


Regular visitors (who really oughta have hobbies) thank you and Gregg for your investment of time and money in this enterprise and trust that it pays you practical dividends as a print columnist.

(You banned Pelto? What did he do? Where exactly did he cross the line? I need to know...))

Posted by: Crid at September 21, 2007 10:31 AM

Aww, thanks. Actually, I didn't ban Chuck. I almost never ban anyone, although I did ban "Jeff," or whatever his name was for being violently stupid and messing up any discussion about my columns he ever entered into. Troll Dolls is also banned.

Anyway, Chuck ASSUMED I banned him because he sent me an incoherent e-mail about being banned -- which didn't actually suggest there was a problem; it was just obtuse. (I know, total shock, coming from Chuck.)

You, Crid, were held up as an example. See my little Goofus and Gallant web-isode here:

Posted by: Amy Alkon at September 21, 2007 10:38 AM

TO: Amy Alkon

I knew we'd get to the bottom of this, one way or another.

And yes....initially, before I knew about Askismet(sic), I did think you had done it. But once you explained about them to me, I thought otherwise.

Now, I am disabused. But not un-abused.

Keep up the good work....

...we're all excited.


[The Truth will out. -- some old Book]

Posted by: Chuck Pelto at September 21, 2007 1:44 PM

TO: Amy Alkon
RE: Obtuse R Us

I'm not being 'obtuse'. I'm just trying to get people think 'differently'.

You know....Out of the Box [they've put themselves into.]


[The REAL challenge in Life is not to be better than others. It's to be better than yourself.]

Posted by: Chuck Pelto at September 21, 2007 1:46 PM

P.S. I'm reminded of what the freedom-loving people of Athens did with Socrates.....for doing the same....

Posted by: Chuck Pelto at September 21, 2007 1:50 PM

Chuck, I'm all about getting people to think differently. It seems rather counterproductive, however, to communicate so...uncommunicatively, which means I don't know that your comment has been caught in my spam filter. And then, as if I don't get enough e-mail, you send me several sort of abusive e-mails, and then I realize what you mean, and then go through a protracted search for your banned comments. (Whereas, had you told me in more communicative form, I would've had 30 seconds sucked out of my deadline day.)

Posted by: Amy Alkon Author Profile Page at September 21, 2007 1:54 PM

TO: Amy Alkon
RE: Commo Porlbmes

"It seems rather counterproductive, however, to communicate so...uncommunicatively, which means I don't know that your comment has been caught in my spam filter." -- Amy Alkon

Actually. After you informed me about your set-up, I doubted if you had much to do with the difficulties I was encountering. I think I mentioned something about another heavy-hitter in the blogosphere having divvicultys with people tagging his operation as a 'hate' or 'porn' site and being banned by them around the world.

However, unfortunately, you never told me how to contact cher Mark.

That's why I asked you for the way to contact your cher ami Mark at Askismet(sic). I wanted to know what their processes were.

RE: Moi!?!?!?!

" send me several sort of abusive e-mails" -- Amy Alkon

I've got them all right here. I don't see anything in them that any 'reasonably prudent individual' would call "abusive".

But then again, as with beauty or porn or art, it's all in the eye of the proverbial beholder.

Ce n'est pas?

RE: Still and all....

"...I would've had 30 seconds sucked out of my deadline day." -- Amy Alkon

I'm suddenly reminded of that Disney short cartoon about Goofy driving to work and stopped at a traffic signal.

45 seconds from my life. WASTED!!!!

Ren, from Ren and Stimpy, could probably carry it off better for THIS generation; My collection of rare, incurable diseases. VIOLATED!!!!! [Note: I guess I enjoy that line from my studies in microbiology.]

Maybe we should develop the technology to plug ourselves into the ship's main computer? Just like Lieutenant Broccoli, er, Barkly, did in that one episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.


P.S. Please pardon me. I'm celebrating an artistic, er, from your perspective autistic, success....a photograph of the white and crimson-trimmed gladiolias turned into a 15x36 poster suitable to go on the second floor's Walls of the Flowers. Another Disney 'inspiration'. Some strange admixture from Fantasia (the classic version).

Posted by: Chuck Pelto at September 22, 2007 2:15 PM

TO: Amy Alkon
RE: Forms of Communications

Mayhap you might consider MY form of communications as a means of expressing yourself more effectively.


[English is the most damned of languages on the face of the planet. Just ask Professor 'iggins.]

Posted by: Chuck Pelto at September 22, 2007 2:17 PM

Incoherence is the least of Chuck Pelto's problems. He swore in early 2003 that Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction," and despite the sickening paucity of evidence to buttress any such claim, persists in his delusional ways . . .

With Iraq now mired in an extremely bloody civil war, with the sum total of human suffering there far exceeding anything inflicted by Saddam Hussein, and with Afghanistan now skidding into similar collapse as its U.S. puppet dictator flails impotently, we can all thank voters like Chuck Pelto, whose total lack of wisdom and foresight make such horrors possible.

And now, Chuck will undoubtedly tell me that that strutting little mediocrity Gdeorge W. Bush has made the U.S. safe from "terrorism," nonetheless, and that I should be proud of the fact that elderly grandmothers are strip searched at the airport. But Chuck is spared the hardships of actual thinking -- he has his Bible to tell him what to believe.

Posted by: Paul Roasberry at October 3, 2007 6:43 AM

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