Splog me

I was damned busy today running a session on blogging, RSS, blogsearch, tags, and more for the faculty of the new Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. No brain left. One odd moment: I tried to have everyone create a WordPress blog at once and we hit a wall; the software stopped most from continuing. Finally, I realized the problem: WordPress saw 25 blogs being created from the same IP at the same time and thought we were splogs, so it made us wait. Damned spammers.

  • http://avc.blogs.com fred

    that’s a good thing, unfortunately for you.

  • http://www.drcookie.blogspot.com JennyD

    Jeff, did you see Brill’s comments about J-School?

    http://www.courant.com/news/local/sr/hc-yalecourse0126.artjan26,0,6967780.story

    Any thoughts?

  • http://writingup.com/ashok ashok

    You’ve got me thinking…

    Alice Marwick was blogging about eBay’s “reputation” system and how it hurts buyers more than bad sellers. I’ve seen this happen firsthand. Now a “reputation system” has nothing to do with splogs and spam, but both issues are tied to the big question: How does one keep the Internet secure from junk and scam artists?

    Where I’m blogging now, we use community policing. If I see a blog that looks like a splog, it gets eliminated. There is a huge drawback to this, though: A lot of bloggers write very poor content, or copy heavily from things like e-mails or IM conversations. I’ve confused some legit bloggers for spammers and incurred anger for this.

    I wonder what your thoughts on the “policing” of the Internet are generally?

  • http://www.somewhatfrank.com Frank Gruber

    I am sure it was annoying however I think it is a great move by WordPress to combat the splog movement!