That's right, The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University is full of Comment Spam (and that's why I didn't link to them--it's if you want to check it yourself).

Steve nicely quantifies the problem and notes that for a place full of Internet big shots, they're pretty stupid about this.

The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University is chock-full of serious luminaries, but for people who are so bright and internet-aware, they are shockingly clueless about how to run a web log properly. Of the weblogs hosted on that server, 99.25% of the more than 9000 comments are spam, and the breakdown is shown here...


I guess I should add them to my blacklist before someone starts spam piggybacking.

Posted by jzawodn at August 01, 2004 06:37 PM

Reader Comments
# Phil Ringnalda said:

While CIS certainly should at least close comments on all their blogs until they can get a handle on it (a thing I can't believe I'm advocating, but when you hit 99.76% spam, you might as well), they look like they might have some slight excuse: they are apparently hostees on a single MT installation, so chances are individuals don't have much control over things like plugins or config. For someone who really ought to know better, and ought to know a thing or two about how computers and servers and the intarwebnet work, but apparently can't be bothered to shut off a Spam Harbor, I prefer Sterling Hughes' old long-dead MT weblog. No matter what URL I find spammed, or where I find it, check Google and there's linking to it, too.

on August 1, 2004 08:46 PM
# Phil Ringnalda said:

Make that "Sterling Hughes old long-dead MT weblog which I see he has finally stopped allowing comments on...". Test first, then pontificate. Seems so simple, you'd think I could remember the order.

on August 1, 2004 08:54 PM
# Dan said:

The indirect spam linkage's already begun. I tossed a few pieces of it myself over the weekend...

on August 2, 2004 08:06 AM
# Steve Friedl said:

I wonder how long it takes before this hits the fan and somebody at Stanford gets a call from (say) The Register :-)

on August 2, 2004 08:40 AM
# said:

Fixed. Comments are disabled.

on August 2, 2004 06:25 PM
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