Frank Kern – Queen of Spam
I’ve been quite excited getting this blog off the ground and have been checking out people I like’s blog-rolls and then the blog-rolls they like (and so on) getting an idea of what makes a cool blog.
So far so good.
The weird thing is I was commenting on a friends blog, hit the comment button and nothing happened – no “pending moderation”, no nothing. I asked him if my comment showed up and no, so I did another test with him watching his “your’ blog has been protected from xxxx spam comments” bit where Akismet says how great they are.
I commented, he refreshed and bam there I was, spammer 1,498. No sign of the comment, nothing, zero nada.
Have I secretly been traffiking in low-rent links and male-potency pills? Have I been hawking slimming aids or strange berries?
I’ve commented on maybe 10-15 blogs in 3 days where it’s merited a comment and I’ve had something to say. Because my blogs not even nearly finished I’ve even been turning off that comment-luv thing.
Casting my mind back, I WAS on one site where a comment had come from someone looking for funding for an African AIDS charity and I wrote a one line thing, something like “hi Name, have you tried Elton Johns AIDS charity at web-address”
If that’s spam then god help us.
I’ve written to Akismet, so interested to see what’s happened
In the meantime – I guess – if you see me lurking around I’d cross the street and get away because this lady? She’s BAAAAD
Frank Kern – Queen / King of spam – the result
Ok this morning (fast I know!) I got a nice letter from Akismet saying
This is fixed for now.
Some blog owners are saying your comments are spam. It is blog owners who look at your comment and decide this.
You need to be careful where and how you comment or this will happen again.
This cannot be fixed again.
Seeing as I’ve written nothing even remotely spammy or linked to anything commercial (two links total, one to aids charity as mentioned, and one to wikipedia showing a guy that his idea had already been thought of) this is obviously a concern to me so simple answer is don’t comment on other peoples blogs. Sorted.
A friend has also suggested I change the name of my blog, even though it’s my name. Seemingly this other Frank Kern (guy) is a bit of a spammer. I’ll look a bit more into him and maybe see if FrankieKern.com is available.