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Shutting Down (29 posts)

  1. NuclearMoose
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    This morning, after having some absolutely disgusting spam comments posted on my site, I have decided that I will no longer devote any of my time and energy to combatting this crap. I wanted to blog to learn some skills, make some friends, and have some fun. It's no longer any fun. It seems all my energy is going in to dealing with this nonsense, and, quite frankly, I have much better things to do with my time that ensure that my own site hasn't been polluted with filth.

  2. iJames
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Egad! Seems a bit extreme, esp. given your enthusiasm in recent posts here. I'm sorry you feel that way.

    So none of the spam plugins have helped you at all?

  3. NuclearMoose
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    iJames,
    I've been around WP since version 0.7, and my enthusiasm has been around that long as well. I have used every spam plugin around, and of course, none of them can catch everything. Random garbled stuff I can deal with. Poker/casino I can deal with, but when rape and incest and other subjects get posted on my site, then I have to ask myself why I'm even bothering to keep going.

  4. joan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    This is very sad and none too encouraging. 4 days of my blog quietly being up and not a single comment, for which I am grateful, but I fear it is only a matter of time with all I've been reading here. :-(

    God, I loathe spammers.

    NM, you inspired with your enthusiasm and insight here. I'm sorry the spammer scum have driven you to this.

  5. iJames
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    NuclearMoose:
    "Poker/casino I can deal with, but when rape and incest and other subjects get posted on my site, then I have to ask myself why I'm even bothering to keep going."

    Because you're better than them?

    Just my own perspective, of course. You've gotta do what you've gotta do. I just find it unfortunate if this is what you've gotta do.

  6. trendsurfer
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Instead of closing down, why not shut your comments and pingbacks down--until something comes along to fix the problem?

  7. NuclearMoose
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Comments are probably the part of blogging that I enjoy the most. It's great fun to read what folks have to say and to interact with them in this way. Like I said, the fun is gone.

  8. Palindrome
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm not sure why you're letting them beat you, but it's your choice.

    The idiots will always outnumber those worth knowing in your lifetime. I say that gently in the hopes that you'll decide to deal with the idiots instead of walking away from them. The other option is to buy a really comfy pair of walking away shoes.

  9. trendsurfer
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I agree that the comments--the interaction--is the fun part of weblogging. Until something comes along to prevent spammers I think the only solution is registered comments and pingbacks. It's too bad.

  10. TechGnome
    Moderator
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Another classic case of one bad apple spoiling it for the rest of us.

    Now, what am I going to do?

    Tg

  11. Joni
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Craig, have you tried humanizing your comments? This has drastically reduced the spam comments -- in fact, I haven't gotten any since I implemented Jeff Barr's comment spam fix and all has been well since.

    I hope you reconsider, but I certainly understand if you don't. After all, your blog, your rules.

  12. Tek
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    ??? People suck whether you have a blog or not. Personally, I don't like real life people who are stupid but I don't go and kill myself because other people in this world are annoying.

    I'm sorry you have problems. So do I. I turned off my trackbacks for the time being and now its all cool. My blog is strange as that I guess I am so big, bad, and scary, people tend to email me more comments than actually post them. I dunno, it just doesn't really get to me because its something I can't control- like traffic or the weather.

    I'm sorry its upsetting to you. I do hope you reconsider.

  13. NuclearMoose
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I haven't killed myself, and I am in control by not providing the idiots with another site to turn into shit.

  14. NM: When it's no fun, you shouldn't force yourself. I wish you all the best, though...I certainly loved how you wrote.

    Tek: Thanks for tipping me off on how to turn off trackbacks. I completely missed where it was in the admin CP.

  15. NM, please please please just disable comments and trackbacks by deleting the wp-comments-post.php and wp-trackbacks.php files. http://wordpress.org/support/topic.php?id=19950 . I really enjoyed your blog.

  16. burt
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    As everyone has already said, that seems just a tad extreme. By that logic, you would have turned off your email years ago.

    Your blog will be missed, it made me laugh.

  17. Palindrome
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I never even got to read the damn blog. Now I want to know what I missed.

  18. NuclearMoose
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    You know, it's getting to be so a guy can't have a hissy fit around here...

    I removed all ability to comment and trackback. I'm saddened by this, but what can you do? The site is live again, more or less.

    Thanks everyone for your words of encouragement.

  19. TechGnome
    Moderator
    Posted 9 years ago #

    coooolllll mmmay beeee the sshshhshsaaakes wwiill stooooppp nowww assss I ccccome ooutt offf wwiiitddraaawllls.

    Tg

    ps: it's all 'cuz we love those antlers....

  20. Tek
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    HAHAH!!

    See, my pep talk worked!

    Now if only I could figure out coding for myself =/

  21. Cordman
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    In regard to comment spam does the ability to "moderate" comments work? Can the spammers get by the option: An administrator must approve the comment (regardless of any matches below)?

  22. NuclearMoose, ::Moose Hugs::!

  23. joan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Good to hear!

    As for the comment that the idiots will always outnumber those worth knowing, I must politely disagree. The idiots just will always stand out and go out of their way to aggravate you and so they appear to predominate the population. Most people out there are well worth knowing, but unfortunately the idiot population of the world gets in our way of knowing many of them.

  24. orangeguru
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Dear Mr Nuclear Moose!

    I can see that you are suffering from a clear case cyber fever - which afflict especially active bloggers, mooses or other nice IP based creatures.

    In such cases it's extremly helpful to shut all virtual windows, firewalls and ports - and just have a break from all the virtual virtualness. Especially virtual moroooooons.

    Frustration can lead to a small mental - but burning fever. And since it's all virtual it's hard to smash any head - strangling your ethernet cable ain't the same.

    I suffered from that syndrom myself many times - sometimes one just needs a bit of space, some good beer, a backrub and a healthy dose of this so called real life ...

    Go enjoy yourself - and maybe come back someday IF you feel like it.

    ;-)

  25. Orangeguru, he did come back...

  26. orangeguru
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Already?! Wow ... he is either a very resistent moose or had some really good beer to relax. ;-)

  27. g-dot
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    @NuclearMoose: maybe you should invite yourself some trusty sidekick. I found that doing a blog with a friend keeps you either away from these kinds of frustration or you have someone to fret with together ;-)
    glad you decided to bring your blog back, thank you for that.

  28. rhealz
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I didn't feel the need to start a new thread so I'm piggy-backing on this one.

    Thanks to everyone in here who helped me get my blog working and tuned just right. I'm shutting down shop for now - blogging feels like I'm trying to be heard in a stadium full of screaming, frenzied people - and that's not very fun.

    Again, thanks for all of your help. This community seriously kicks ass.

  29. Palindrome
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Um, is the Moose blog down again?

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