A few recent occurrences that have me wondering about the general sanity of publishing online.
Observed on this site in the last 7 days (pardon my obfuscation):
Exhibit A — a prolonged attempt to flood the search form with keywords. A sequential, alphabetical list of nouns and verbs relating to common household items, popular pop culture references, and common sp@mmer standbys.
Exhibit B — continued daily sp@m attempts on the Zen Garden submission form. P0ker, dru9s, and making quick bucks are as popular as ever.
Exhibit C — (and this has to be my favourite) A semi-Godwinian comment on a past entry comparing lack of sensitivity in the design world, to a recent prison scandal on foreign soil. A Google search into this site based on the name of said prison, by another individual. A new and politically-oriented, borderline racist comment added, with an unspecified threat toward the site-owner (um, me) if said comment were deleted. (Comment was deleted). A crap-flood of vengeful, taunting remarks over the course of a few minutes.
The first, I don’t understand. The second tells me sp@mmers are a) stupid, and b) attack anything that submits. The third tells me that com-ments on a personal site are no place for free speech.
But hey, silver lining: com-ment and refe-rrer sp@m is at an all-time low. And the less you talk about it, and the more you protect yourself, the more chance you have of similar luck.