Comment Spam makes the news

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The Associated Press has a story on comment spam and other non-email forms of spam. The article includes a quote from my Comment Spam Manifesto and a few other quotes from me, Mena Trott, Howard Rheingold, and others. Alas, no mention of my company name or links to my site. AP also did a photo shoot for the article, but apparently decided to spare its readers the horror of my ugly mug.

Nathan Wright
November 13, 2003 1:06 PM

QUOTE - "Alas, no mention of my company name or links to my site." Glad to see that comment spam is finally getting some time in the spotlight, but whatever happened to journalistic integrity? If they thought what you had to say was important enought to quote, they should have mentioned you. I'm sure there's something in the DMCA to protect you from this sort of blatant piracy ... ;)

Adam Kalsey
November 13, 2003 3:02 PM

They did attribute the quotes to me, they just listed my name but not my company name. And they didn't provide a link to my site. That's okay, but the links would have been nice.

November 13, 2003 6:43 PM

They never did get in touch with me Adam. Apparently the media doesn't find software sexy... :-)

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will fred
November 14, 2003 8:01 PM

Nice going, I read the article today in the newspaper! I wholeheartedly agree with you on your stance, and i wish I could do more about this problem. Still, great job! The world needs more people like you who are actually committed to working on spam and not just complaining about it.

November 17, 2003 1:10 AM

Our local paper printed the story AND put your picture with it! I was like "Hey, look, I know that guy." LOL! :)

November 17, 2003 5:35 AM

Surprisingly, the Houston Chronicle did link to your Web site. The Chron is known for lazy reporting, so this is likely the upset of the day.

November 17, 2003 9:29 AM

You also made the front page of the Houston Chronicle: I salute your work.

Mike Hajek Jr
November 23, 2003 7:53 AM

Anyone with the lease bit of computer sense will find your site as i did. The time is well past for controls on spam. We to have a right to privacy. I should have the option of choise on what i want on my computer. I am now on a no call list which limits there options to annoy me so why not a no spam list to. As i remember i also have ammemend right or did the use of my computer end them?

January 8, 2005 8:06 AM

When I started a blog I noticed a few odd posts from "online poker" that were merely quotes from famous people (with no credit given to the person they were quoting from). At first I thought it was a joke, but then with a little searching learned what comment spam was and I started the deleting. Now the quotes are gone and the compliments begin ("I love your site!" etc.). Ah, so now they appeal to the ego... The question in my mind was always "Why?!" Your site here is the MOST informative and helpful on the Internet! I just want to say thank you :)

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