What should be done (if anything) about a site that is capitalizing on my site's distinctive name and search engine ranking to popularize itself in a way that is totally unrelated to my site?
I run an RSS feed directory with a distinctive name, reasonably good content, and a decent rank in various search engines. Last night a "watch" application told me that 2 new sites now contain my site's domain name in their URLs.
I took a look at both of these sites, and they are simply embedding my domain name in their URLs so that they have a chance of matching on searches for the name. The actual pages are throwaway filler (as is the entire site).
I'm flattered and insulted.
My site's name is not a trademark (perhaps it should be), and I don't want to draw artificial attention to it by posting a link, and I certainly don't want to link to the offending sites.
Has anyone else had something like this happen to them? What can be done?
posted by jeffbarr
on Aug 25, 2004 -
I came home from my two week vacation to find an enormous amount of comment spam on my MT weblog. I've now read this
so I guess I know how to stop it from happening again (if I can figure out all the tech stuff), but deleting is turning out to be a nightmare. Is there some easier way to delete this than going into each post and individually deleting the spam comments?
posted by anastasiav
on Aug 23, 2004 -
I've had to give up Thunderbird and start using Outlook 2002 (in order to sync my calendar and tasks with my phone and pda) and now my workflow is being bogged down by spam. Help me inside... [more inside]
posted by FidelDonson
on Aug 19, 2004 -
ObfuscationFilter: I know putting a unobfuscated email address on your website is a bad idea these days, mmmkay. So I was wondering how can I put my email address on my website without being spammed to hell and back.
posted by keswick
on Aug 15, 2004 -
Catalog spam. I ordered a bed frame online, and was pleased with the result. Since then, however, I've been getting a catalog of some sort or another (Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Linens & Things, etc) almost every day - sometimes more than one. It's driving me crazy. Is there anything I can do short of changing address?
posted by aladfar
on Aug 10, 2004 -
Could be a stupid question here- thought I had good comment spam protection, but alas, overnight I got hit with 3,300 comments. Is there a way in MT to view and delete comment by comment, is there a plug-in for such a thing, is there an end to the madness?! Thanks.
posted by moonbird
on Jul 29, 2004 -
Spam-a-lot: Are there spam filters that can reject phony "Mail returned" virus e-mails by comparing the "failed" address to what you've actually sent? Such hoaxes are dominating my daily spam quotient, despite my use of spam-blocker Razor. But it seems like these would be easy enough for a program to detect.
posted by inksyndicate
on Jul 28, 2004 -
My MT powered blog (version 2.51) has just been hit by over 200 comment spams. Is there some sort of "delete last x comments" command, or do I have to delete them all manually? And how do I stop this happening again? To install MT Blacklist I have to update MT, and I can't do this under the new license because it is a group blog with numerous authors. Please spare me the dullness of repetitive delete button clicking!
posted by Orange Goblin
on Jul 8, 2004 -
What happens when you try to purchase expensive software for a site that claims to be offering it for a ridiculously cheap price? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00
on Jul 3, 2004 -
SpamFilter: I do some html stuff for friends who run an micro-business which involves lots of sales on eBay. The email address they use for their eBay sales is getting absoloutly flooded with spam - so much so that its nearly unusable. Given the restrictions on what kind of markup code you can put in eBay auctions and have work, can anyone suggest a way that we can somehow encode or camoflauge the address in the auction so that the spam decreases?
(I've already tried this to no avail - eBay's code turns it back into standard characters when we view the source code.)
posted by anastasiav
on Jun 26, 2004 -
MT-Blacklist question. I find it to be an incredibly great tool. So far, I've only ever gotten MT spam from one source. The email address is always the same: "firstname.lastname@example.org," but because of MT-Blacklist's focus on using the linked-to content as the badge of spam, it only catches about half of these. Is there any way I can configure MT-Blacklist to refuse all comments submitted with this email address? It would seem simple enough... but I can't figure out how.
posted by scarabic
on Jun 14, 2004 -
What's the deal with Shareexp.us? I keep getting emails that someone is trying to share an experience with me, but they won't send it to the listed email, and instead post to this site?
posted by drezdn
on Jun 10, 2004 -
(literally): When setting up an email account for my own domain, I'm setting up a catch-all for any spam or emails that might go to *@mydomain.com. Is it a bad idea, especially with spammers, to have an automated response be sent back saying that address does not exist? [MoIn] [more inside]
posted by MrAnonymous
on Jun 10, 2004 -
SpamAssassin is, like, not working. I am dying under the weight of spam. I lie awake at night, crying, wounded. I love my e-mail address. I run my own e-mail server (using qmail and vpopmail). What's a boy to do?
posted by xmutex
on Jun 1, 2004 -
Someone is spoofing email -- making it look like it's coming from me -- and offering to sell people computer equipment. It looks like this is a scam to collect ebay ids. I know about this because one of the guy's emails was returned to me (it couldn't get through to the person he was sending it to). I have his email address. Can I do anything? [more inside.] [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on May 19, 2004 -
In the last three days I've had 150 emails - 140 of which have been message failures from AOL. They think I've been sending spam emails from random addresses on my domain to random addresses on their domain.
Strangely, I've had no complaints from people about how I
am spamming them, but the domain is non-obvious and not advertised on the web. What the hell is happening?
posted by twine42
on May 15, 2004 -
Why are my apache access logs filling with garbage? Most of it doesn't seem to be refer spam. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jragon
on May 11, 2004 -
Can someone explain to me how to use Mozilla Thunderbird's junk mail controls in 30 words or less? [mi] [more inside]
posted by scottandrew
on May 8, 2004 -
I want to report a spammer, but I am having trouble figuring out where to direct my complaint. I have googled this and looked at a lot of anti-spam sites, but I still have questions. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by TheIrreverend
on May 3, 2004 -
A question about SPAM.
It's a new trick and I'm wondering how they do it. (more inside.) [more inside]
posted by Jonasio
on Apr 30, 2004 -
Someone (or something) has been leaving comments on my site. Can someone help me determine whether it's a spambot? [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by timeistight
on Apr 29, 2004 -
Why are some spam messages predated, often by days and occasionally by years (I just deleted two that were supposedly from the year 2000)? I'm sure there's some technical means to send them that way, but what do they get out of it? How likely am I to see a penis enlargement offer that's hidden on page 66 of my inbox?
posted by languagehat
on Apr 25, 2004 -
God damn the spam. What spam filter would you recommend?
posted by Termite
on Apr 13, 2004 -
A client wants to send bulk email. What's the best software? Is there a way to get address lists of people who might be interested in the product (shrink film), or do you just buy lists wholesale somewhere? Will I be lost to the Dark Side and land in the spammer's circle of hell if I set this up for them?
posted by muckster
on Apr 7, 2004 -
I remember reading somewhere about a law firm that will pay $25 for each instance in which it successfully sues a company sending out spam faxes. I recall that they needed a minimum of 10 spam faxes and it was completely free of charge. Does this ring any bells?
posted by sharksandwich
on Mar 30, 2004 -
Among the usual deluge of spam to my hotmail account, received a rather graphic solicitation for what appears to be actual kiddie pr0n. I'd like to report this but I'm not sure to whom and how, and I'm reluctant to google on the topic or forward indiscriminately. FBI? (slightly uncomfortable using their online submission form) or someone more local?
posted by jalexei
on Mar 21, 2004 -
Where the hell did spammers get my email address and what can I do to stop it? (more) [more inside]
posted by item
on Mar 3, 2004 -
Over the last few weeks my journal has been bombarded with spam posts about the Passion of Christ, as have the journals of many of my friends. Does anyone know if this is just some random nutjob, or if it's a co-ordinated 'promotion' of the film by some group? [No More Inside]
posted by twine42
on Feb 25, 2004 -
I'm getting a lot of weird URLs in my site's referrer logs that look like this: wysiwyg://5/http://www.mydomain.com/somepage.php
. Anybody know what the heck's going on? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by web-goddess
on Feb 4, 2004 -
ok, so I've had it up to here with nefarious spammers and other lowlifes spoofing my email addresses, causing my inbox to be filled with bounces and besmirching my and my company's good name. since we're all relatively smart and tech savvy, what exactly has to happen in order to get an authenticating email system to replace what's currently out there? is it an impossible dream?
posted by crunchland
on Jan 28, 2004 -
Has anyone heard of/used word of mouth exchange
I've been getting these emails of late saying someone is looking for info on me. I'm assuming it's just spam. Anyone had any experience with this?
posted by damnitkage
on Jan 28, 2004 -
Anyone care to drop some knowledge about stopping spammers from spoofing your address? [more] [more inside]
posted by Hackworth
on Jan 17, 2004 -
Is anyone keeping an updated list of "referral spam"
-vertized websites? My referrer logs are being overrun - it's hard to keep up with all the new spammer sites that seem to pop up.
posted by jca
on Dec 11, 2003 -
When administering websites and email accounts for the average Jose (hinternet tourists
, the lot of them), what's a good FAQ to cc: to them for information on spam and scams?
posted by brownpau
on Dec 8, 2003 -