inessential by Brent Simmons

The amazing world of filters

So last night I mentioned using /etc/hosts as a type of filter—and then I come in to work today and find that I need yet another filter, a comments filter.

Last night or this morning this site and got hit with a couple dozen comments spam posts with links to porn sites and such. I deleted them.

But I’m a little bugged about how filters—and places where filters are needed—are proliferating. I even have a filter for my referers page, which I update almost every day.

Spam, wherever it is—in email, web page pop-ups, comments, referers, and so on—isn’t marketing. It’s malice.