Blog+Spam x Server=No Email

You may have noticed a couple of explicit comments here on the site (more than the usual ones that I leave…)

Although I’ve closed comments for older posts due to spam, now they’re appearing in recent ones, which I delete as soon as possible. (Yesterday I deleted 4785 junk messages.) I’m adding a comment verification feature shortly which should alleviate the problems, since I welcome and enjoy all your comments very much!

Consequently, many emails are not reaching me as well, for some reason, or are being returned as undeliverable. I don’t know. If you’ve recently sent an inquiry, please check the FAQ’s in the Category box (to the left) which may provide an answer to your question, or leave a comment here.

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  • Judith in Umbria
    February 20, 2007 6:40am

    I have something called Akismat spam handler and it does a good job after a bit of tweaking. For a while it was putting all my comments in the spam folder, but it finally forgave and accepted me for the empress I am.
    Who buys from these people? With drugs turning out sometimes fake at US pharmacies, who would be fool enough to buy them from these bandits?
    I’d like to have an antispam moment when all users who don’t spam send long tirades to the fake addresses all at once.

  • arnaud
    February 20, 2007 5:10pm

    This is a real message from a real human !
    Just to tell you that we open our “Gourmandises” category
    on À 360° by a small presentation of your work.
    Thanks for all your advices !

  • February 21, 2007 5:52am

    You have my deepest sympathy, David – we are suffering from the same problem over at TMC. I’ve been blaming my partner Barrett for not pulling his weight but perhaps I’ve been unfair and it’s just an increase in volume. Either way it’s REALLY irritating. If Dante were around today, I’m SURE he’d invent a special level of hell for them, where they are poked and prodded all day long with sharp needles. While being hassled by telemarketers. Yeah…

    ; )

  • claire
    February 21, 2007 8:54am

    this is completely unrelated, but I thought I might ask you anyway…

    I’ve been living in France for the past 6 months, as a nanny. I am returning to the US in one month and I have to buckle down and finish school (2 more years!) and afterwards, I have no idea what I’ll be doing. I always thought I would come back to France as a nanny, again. However, this experience has tired me quite abit and I’d rather not work as a nanny.

    Do you know about the type of work availible in France (Paris, in particular) availibe to a young american, freshly college graduated? Is there any? Getting an au-pair visa was relatively easy… but I’ve heard most other work visas are almost impossible.

  • February 23, 2007 2:59am

    Hi Claire: In my FAQ’s (upper left category box) I recommend a book on Living and Working in France which I found has lots of useful tips. Hope that helps!