Would You Like A Side of Spam with That? Of Course Not!!

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Services for Real Estate Pros with ActiveRain

I don't know exactly what else to say other than, I'm sorry. 

(Hi. Whatever you fear most has no power - it is your fear that has the power. Help me! Could you help me find sites on the: Wash hookless shower curtain. I found only this - spotted shower curtain. Nice! Love the shower curtain good choice, and this one will probably last longer than the one from target. Hookless shower curtain ezinearticles. With best wishes :rolleyes:, Neta from Tajikistan.)

If you are reading this, you probably have been swamped today from a ton of spam comments. We are doing everything we can on our end currently to stem the tide of this garbage. 

In order to put an absolute stop to spam comments right now, go to the 'settings' link on the left hand side of your my home page and uncheck the box that says 'allow non-member comments'

Mine is set to allow non-member comments. You want to uncheck it, then hit update. Of course, that will stop consumers from commenting on your blog. However until we can get this knocked out, that is your best option.

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Jorgen, Mike and Diego are monitoring and blocking IP addresses and blocks of IP addresses in an effort to thwart these rascals. If it's a battle of wills, Jorgen will win, I promise.

If you can believe this, it appears as if these are real people leaving these comments. Most likely sitting in a room somewhere overseas being paid pennies every time they leave a couple hundred of these links. Whatever you do, DO NOT CLICK THEM. Even if you are like me and love Nike Air Jordan's, I promise you that the page you land on is not going to be a place you want to be. 

(Hello. Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant. Help me! Could you help me find sites on the: Texas transmission. I found only this -electric companies in north texas. Helps texans evaluate and choose from among many texas electric companies. Online pharmacy cheap meridia texas electric companies low cost car insurance phentermine mexico buy phentermine us pharmacy phentermine wordwide shipping. Best regards :rolleyes:, Runa from Bhutan.)

I'll let you know on this post when it is safe to allow non-member comments.

Again, we are terribly sorry for the inconvenience and hopefully you can hang in there with us as we work to get this taken care of. If you can't, feel free to call me and rip into me, I'm a big boy, I can take it :-)

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Comments (219)

Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Bob I am really interested in picking up one of those spotted shower curtains to go along with my Active Rain drapes.

Jul 19, 2009 04:13 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Thanks Bob for your hard work on this pesky problem.  I had only one spam comment so I guess I was luckier than many others here.  I've always had the setting not to allow anonymous comments though so apparently that helped.

Jul 19, 2009 05:49 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy there Bob

Just checkn to see if there was any updates on that there spammer. Looking at the times and the amount of spam comments showing up with in those times. It sure does look like the spammer is using a automatic spam sending program. That has been pre-set with many comments, names, and countrys.

God Bless America

Jul 19, 2009 06:17 AM
Dee Nofziger
|Key Realty | Maumee Toledo Real Estate Blog - Toledo, OH
Maumee Real Estate, Toledo Homes, Key Realty

My spam has pretty much disappeared. Was a pain for awhile, but did get a few extra "report spam" points!

Jul 19, 2009 06:50 AM
Randy L. Prothero
eXp Realty - Hollister, MO
Missouri REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

They seemed to have slowed down.  I picked up a new client this week, so I do not want to block non-member comments.  I will just keep deleting them as they come up.

Jul 19, 2009 07:04 AM
Steven Nickens
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

They seem to be hitting old blogs, Randy thanks for the tips on on not blocking real people who comment.

Steve

Jul 19, 2009 07:19 AM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Bob -

I say we take it easy on the spammers.  Everybody needs a job, and since they are so difficult to come by in the USA these days.....well, people have to eat, right?

 

So.....until we pass a stimulus bill that puts people back to work on public works projects and the like, we need to encourage this sort of nefarious activity.

 

By clicking on the spam links, the spammers make money. When the spammers make money, the spammers can afford housing. When the spammers can afford housing, the spammers will need REALTORS. When the spammers need REALTORS, the spammers will buy houses.  When the spammers buy houses, the REALTORS make money.

See where I'm going with this?

SPAMMERS are driving our economic recovery, and BOB is holding it back!!

Bad Bob.

Bad.

 

 

 

Jul 19, 2009 07:43 AM
Access San Diego
San Diego Real Estate - San Diego, CA

just like the shower head, looks likes you guys turned off the spam spigot. Nice job.

Jul 19, 2009 08:35 AM
Monica Bourgeau
Portland, OR
Business Coaching

Thanks for all you are doing to fix this - and for the 10 bonus points for reporting a spammer :)

Jul 19, 2009 10:58 AM
Christine McInerney
Great Life RE - Knoxville, TN
The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale

These spam posts are highly annoying- I love comments, just not the spam type.

Jul 19, 2009 11:41 AM
Kim Dean
www.GoSimplyTexas.com - McKinney, TX
Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner

So it's NOT just me. I was getting really annoyed.  Thanks for kicking their spamming arses.

Jul 19, 2009 02:23 PM
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

I never allowed non-member comments so I guess I am missing out on something really fun right now!

Jul 19, 2009 02:47 PM
Bridget Cella
Re/Max Connection - Sewell, NJ
e-Pro, Realtor

I finally got hit yesterday.  I did hit the report as a concern button.  Thanks for checking this out.

Jul 19, 2009 03:35 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Bob, will do. I've been getting them for a couple of days now on follow up comments from other posts I've subscribed to. I thought it was robots, but you say they are people? At least glad to know there is a temporary solution.

Sharon

Jul 19, 2009 04:42 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

thank you so much for posting this in the newsletter!  I have made the change and look forward to the permanent fix.

Jul 20, 2009 08:28 AM
Access San Diego
San Diego Real Estate - San Diego, CA

Looks like its still getting through and a tad more hardcore than shower curtains

Jul 23, 2009 04:54 AM
Karina Kfuri
Leal USA Realty 561-350-3503 ( FALO PORTUGUES) - Delray Beach, FL
Leal, Florida Broker - FALO PORTUGUES!

I am glad you sent then away :) Thanks!

Jul 27, 2009 04:47 PM
Kara Casamassina
International Property Management Group, LLC - Aiken, SC
Boomers and beyond

is it safe to open up the comments to our non-member readers yet???

Aug 01, 2009 06:45 AM
Jason Rose
123 ConEd LLC -- Michigan real estate continuing education - Farmington Hills, MI
www.123ConEd.com

Thanks for the excellent tip, Bob!  Several of my posts have been plagued with non-member spam, so your solution is great.

Oct 19, 2009 12:57 AM
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Bob:

I have mostly been bombarded by the "Ugg Boots" people.  If it gets to be too serious, I will uncheck that box.  Thank you for the information.

 

Oct 26, 2009 01:17 AM