Andrew Cline is on a crusade against what he terms “blog spam,” advertisements that are placed in blog comments sections.

Using Sam Spade 1.14, I was able to track down the owner of one of the domains ( I have sent an abuse complaint to the ISP from which the spam was posted. I sent e-mail to the domain owner. And I called the company’s 800 number and left a pointed message for the manager.

How much of this is going on?

I will volunteer my site as a clearing house for blog spam information. Send me IP numbers, domain names, e-mail addresses, and 800 numbers of offenders. I’ll create a web page for this and keep a running tally so we can pool IP numbers for banning and other information for later, perhaps more drastic, action if needed.

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  1. Steven says:

    I was hit with a few of these yesterday, in fact.

    Reminds me that I need to delete the durn things…

  2. Paul says:

    Little known fact…

    If you are going to call an 800 number of someone you dislike, do it from a pay phone. A connect charge from a regular phone is usually fairly cheap. (under 35 cents)

    On some 800 #’s the connect charge from a pay phone is in dollars. (sometimes like 4) That is why some 800 numbers are blocked from payphones.

    It is not perfect as some 800 # plans don’t do this but the majority do.

    We should get a few hundred folks to call these nice people from pay phones.


  3. joy says:

    I dunno, the suggested link in Andrew’s comment to use that spam killer plugin just is too much. Perhaps I’d bother if I had more visitors and more spam per day.

    But anyway, I believe in retributive justice. I gladly out my spammers and attempted hacks. Mostly so the attempts will be googled and others can find and see what has been going on.