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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Delete, Delete, Delete

Hey guys,

I'm sorry if you woke up with an inbox full of spam emails from comments on my blog this morning. And one comment from a total asshole, which I've since deleted.

I hate to do this, but to avoid me dealing with my inbox this morning and thinking that I've been the conduit for a bunch of garbage into yours, I'm turning on that stupid verify thingy and content moderation. I'm so sorry about this. I think it's a total pain. But hopefully it's a preventative more than an annoyance. And maybe once the glow from Blogs of Note wears off, I can go back to the way it was.

I used to think it was fine to have a forum here for anyone who wanted to leave a comment on what I was writing about. But now I've changed my mind. If you're a total angry jerkoff with nothing to say and all you want is to get people to read your blog from my blog, with the intent to abuse them once they get there: Sorry, buddy. You're not getting that opportunity from me.

And now, onto our regularly scheduled programming. I am going to eat my raspberry danish and then I'll be back shortly.


ps.: If you are an Eddie Izzard fan, then you will have instantaneously recognized the reference in the title of this post. If not, then I may have given you the best holiday gift yet: The Wonderful World of Eddie.


Amanda December 24, 2008 at 8:49 AM  

well, what a loser! at least we have the fun words to make up with the word verification now!

Bill Stankus December 24, 2008 at 9:14 AM  

What comes with fame ... I was shoveling snow so I missed what happened. No matter.

Have a Great Holiday!

Genna December 24, 2008 at 9:17 AM  

I am so sorry that happened. I enjoy the comments on your blog almost as much as I enjoy your post. Please keep up the good work and don't let the assholes get you down.

tangobaby December 24, 2008 at 9:22 AM  

Oh no worries, Genna. I'm not going anywhere and we can all comment like before...it's just an extra step. I just don't want to inflict morons on you guys unless it's funny.

It's kind of like stepping in dog poo. No need for all of us to step in it at the same time and stink the place up!

So do keep commenting because I will too.


Petunia Face December 24, 2008 at 9:44 AM  

I just went through this exact same thing on my blog last week. I don't know what it is about anonymean people--is it the holidays that makes them so cruel? Gah. I turned on my comment moderator, too. A hassle, but there you go.

I love your blog, by the way.
Merry merry!

The Rambler December 24, 2008 at 9:58 AM  

Aww Shiny Gold...WTH! I had one not nice comment a couple weeks ago and it bothered me all day! Like all my bloggy pals said...they can go SUCK IT! :)

You have a good day! Oh and Merry Christmas!

Gabby December 24, 2008 at 10:03 AM  

Yeah, what they said! Some feaking pornbot has crawled my professional website and now sends me tons of invitations to view (expletive). I installed spam poison on my blog (http://english-147873491970.spampoison.com/) and now it appears I will have to do it on my work site, too. Is it me, or is the ratio of sickies online in higher proportion the the overall population than it is in non-virtual life? Gack!

Mari December 24, 2008 at 10:06 AM  

Fa la la la la, la la la la!

Happy Happy Holidays to you!
mmm, raspberry danish.

A Cuban In London December 24, 2008 at 10:30 AM  

Sorry about what happened. The world is full of losers, what can you do?

Hey, you're an Eddie fan. One of the better British exports since John Cleese (Monty Python).

Greetings from London.

namastenancy December 24, 2008 at 10:32 AM  

I am so sorry - but it was bound to happen. The better your blog is, the more it seems to attract a&*holes. I went to comment moderation some time ago. Now, I seldom have to moderate because my blog is nowhere as well written and as thoughtful as yours. Most people are intimidated by art and don't leave comments but a few....Well, they do right into the round file or the Internet equivalent thereof. Enjoy your Danish, the calm rainy morning and the respect of all your real friends for you have earned it. Tango OH! TangoBaby!

Brook December 24, 2008 at 11:13 AM  

Wow, I wrote a comment and then got distracted and for whatever reason forgot to hit the right button and it disappeared and I didn't feel like recreating it blah blah blah. I was just commenting on my lack of Christmas miracles but maybe that was it. No pornbots sending me sir spamalot today! Weehoo! Merry Happy to you too!

Greg December 24, 2008 at 11:24 AM  

Happy Holidays first of all!

and...you should see the amount of comment spam I have to block. literally 1000s of things repeating some nonsense phrase like "discount whatever" over and over.

the problem is now that I use Six Apart's comment spam blocker, it pretty much blocks ALL commenters...at least Blogger's system allows good folks and filters out the bad...

Johanna December 24, 2008 at 11:25 AM  

Thanks for sending me back to Izzie. It's been a while. Happy happy joy joy to you.

Ron December 24, 2008 at 12:49 PM  

wow, my wife and I love Eddie Izzard... especially the Dress to Kill show....

man, we all have so much in common... I love this blogging community!


Silliyak December 24, 2008 at 3:08 PM  

Thank you, you've made me grateful that no one reads my blog. Have a very merry.. Oops "upidead" what is verification trying to tell me?

chaos in one body December 24, 2008 at 7:42 PM  

no need to say sorry.

assholes are assholes you cant change them.

its not your fault they are haters.

b4 i forget i have always had this question...
do you know how to tango?

julochka December 25, 2008 at 2:27 PM  

i didn't know the danes came in raspberry. cool! gotta get me one of those!

julochka December 25, 2008 at 2:28 PM  

because of balderdash, i'm really quite pleased you activated the verification. :-)


Char December 25, 2008 at 8:27 PM  

sorry you had a bummer of a jerk will so much time on his/her hands. I don't mind the verification process at all actually.

tangobaby December 26, 2008 at 11:53 AM  

Hey guys,

Thanks for putting up with me and my little Rumplestiltskin moment.

I just hate waking up and seeing a lot of crap in my inbox. I don't deal well with stuff like that first thing in the morning.

I'm all better now. You guys are peaches. Each and every one of you.

P December 28, 2008 at 2:46 PM  

Late to the party, but what a weenie. Give me the sign and I'll get my boys on the case, if you know what I mean.