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Got a spam comment over on LJ, and before I report and ban it, I'm testing to see if it's one of those bots that parse your reply content and then post a snippet scraped from somewhere else that corresponds roughly to what you say. (I got into an argument with one of those bots once before realizing what it was and deleting the entire exchange in shame, which I now regret because I want to go back and reread it! And it may thereby have passed the Turing test.)

It's reasonably clever--it's got a recipe it scraped from somewhere on its LJ page, and sounds human, except that the second half of comment would have been more suited to a regular reader of my LJ and not a random drop-by, which is what they were pretending to be. Well, and the first half was fairly stupid, because I don't think many of us have been overly frustrated by choosing an exciting salad dressing. Okay, so it doesn't sound that human after all.

(The sales pitch is in the LJ profile, for a bankruptcy attorney.)
telophase: (FMA - Ed panicking)
If you're getting spam comments with a video in old entries (I got 2 in a community post from 2004 that I'd forgotten about), do not play it! Just delete and report as spam. Details here. List of known bot accounts here.
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Hey LJ why can I not reply to a comment in my own post? Thanks for nothing!

(I click the 'Add a comment' button...nothing happens. Or perhaps the recipient will get 43535643 copies of the reply later this evening from all the times I've clicked the button.)
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Stolen shamelessly from [personal profile] kate_nepveu:
ETA: if you are using an LJ S2 style (if you don't know what that means, you probably are): go to settings / display and check "View comment pages from my Friends page in my own style" to get back the missing functionality of preview, dropdown icon selection, and comment subjects (but realize that not everyone will see your comment subjects depending on their own style).
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...if you don't like the latest round of LJ changes, Dreamwidth has account creation open for the rest of the month, no invite code needed.
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Very interesting post on LJ in Russia. (Hint: it's basically Russia's only free press.)
ETA: Not necessarily. CHeck 1st comment on my DW for more.

DW codes

Apr. 5th, 2011 09:43 am
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If any of you are unnerved enough by the DDoS attacks on LJ and want a backup on Dreamwidth, I've got several codes - drop me a line here (or by the email on my profile if you want to be a bit more anonymous).
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Via [ profile] trobadora: If you're getting caught in the no-LJ-notifications, here's the probably explanation:
LJ's IP is listed in the Spamhaus Blocking List because LJ is allowing Russian pharma spammers to abuse their service. Spamhaus is one of the most respected anti spam organizations in the world, and being listed there means they've ignored spammers on their network for quite a while and virtually no large ISP/email host wants their mail until they start acting like responsible Internet citizens. is the listing.
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Well, it now seems they've implemented something that works the way they wanted it to - in other words, if you post a non-affiliate link to a site like that gives money for referrals, they change it to an affiliate link that gives money to LJ.

If you post an affiliate link that gives money to you, they don't touch it.

If you'd rather not give your money to LJ all-unknowing, or if the script running slows down your browsing, you can opt out for yourself, and I discovered last time that if you obfuscate your links with a URL shortener like or, then they leave it alone, if you'd rather people clicking on your links not support LJ all-unknowing.

Info and links here:
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The 8 people who've asked for Dreamwidth invite codes on my previous post have had them mailed as of 10:40 PM Central -- if you asked before then and haven't got it yet, drop me a line and let me know. :)

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