Referrer Blacklist

In addition to helping bring IntraHealth’s web stats up-to-date, I’ve been working on my own. I’ve been playing around with Webalizer and awstats. While I prefer awstats, I really hate referrer spam. Awstats allows you to specify a blacklist and suggests using MT-Backlist for a list of blacklisted, referrer-spamming domains. The problem? MT-Blacklist is abandoned and the author suggests using TypePad’s Antispam service as a replacement. This is all well and good if you’re just worried about comment spam, but it does me no good when I’m trying to keep referrer spam out of my parsed logs. I looked around for someone maintaining a more up-to-date list, but couldn’t find it. Maybe that just means I’m the only person interested in such a list. Maybe the old list works for most people who want to use it. But I found several referrers that it doesn’t block and added them. If you’re interested in a more up-to-date list, you can pull from my github repository. If you have domains to add, you can ask me to pull from your repository. It may be that I am the only person interested in this, but if not, github will give us a way to collaborate on a list.

lj + Akismet

After putting Akismet in last night, I woke up this morning to find that 40 comments had been blocked. Yay, Akismet! Still, a few got through, and I wanted to submit those back to Akismet. A few lines of code and all is done. Who said other people’s Perl was hard to read? code

The spammers have arrived!

I look at other people’s weblogs and see scintillating conversation run amok. This means one of two things: either no one is interested in what I’m saying (likely) or my words are so profound that they require no response. To salve my envy, the spammers have decided that my weblog (and a few other weblogs hosted on this site) are targets for spam. Luckily, Brad Fitzpatrik and the crew at LiveJournal had to deal with this long before I did, so they added some pretty nifty solutions. Hopefully, I won’t have to deal with that too much, anymore.

Spam of the Week

“Take drugs or lose your job!”

Give me one reason I shouldn’t fire you? You’ve been lazy, done crap all, and yes done nothing much of anything lately. Why do I keep you employeed here? Sometimes I wonder. You’d better change your attitude and get to work. Maybe it’s your life outside of work, I am not sure, but smarten up. I suggest you start taking something to help you concentrate more and start eating right. I am telling everyone that is on the cutting board to start taking these supplements. I know these work because I have have used them on a few of the others over the past few years. Take them, they work. Otherwise you’d better focus a hell of alot more or you’ll be looking for a new job fast. Get the the stuff from the website below. We’ll subsidize your cost with a receipt. Yes I am giving you the stuff free when you purchase. If you don’t send in a receipt to payroll in the next week then I will have my eye on your performance from now on. Take my advice or leave it, up to you but you’d better start doing things right.