Occam’s Razor Magazine: nancy-boy spammety spam spammers
April 28, 2014 § 12 Comments
This is a public service announcement.
Pingbacks are a feature of the WordPress software. When some other blog links to something on this blog I get notified with a pingback. If I approve the pingback, a link back to the other blog is entered in the comment stream.
Pingback SPAM is when another site generates a pingback without actually linking here. The hope seems to be that bloggers like me will approve the pingback and create a link to the other site, which will drive traffic to the other site and increase its search rank.
I’ve been getting occasional pingback SPAM from a blog that calls itself “Occam’s Razor Magazine” for some time now. (That a tiny and insignificant blog like mine gets this pingback SPAM seems to indicate either that the SPAM campaign is hitting a large number of blogs or that the folks creating the SPAM are exceptionally dumb). I won’t link to it, but the most recent pingback came from a post entitled “Is Mainstream Christianity Dead Set on the Destruction of Western Peoples?” It has gotten annoying enough that I posted the following in the comment thread:
The nancy-boys who run the blog just silently deleted the comment rather than actually addressing it.
I don’t know if the content of that blog is interesting, and I’m not going to find out because I am not going to read it. But whatever the quality of content may be, readers deserve to know that it is run by nancy-boy spammers; and if you don’t want to play the chump you might not want to approve their spammy pingbacks.
Fresh out of my trash can, taken from next to the coffee grounds and banana peels, this screenshot shows a few of the other blogs getting spammed by these losers:
The site editor and I have now corresponded (links and email addresses redacted):
Occam’s Razor <>
9:04 AM (2 hours ago)
Have at it, but even more interesting might be my recent post on New Creationism:
On Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 9:45 AM, Zippy <> wrote:
Thanks and I accept the apology. You may be interested to know that I griped in the combox (as the easiest/quickest way to contact you) about the pingbacks and one of your moderators deleted my comment without sending me email or providing any other feedback. Deleting a comment is of course always legitimately a matter of the editor’s discretion, but some communication (since it was a matter of site administration that was affecting my blog and my personal workflow) could have avoided confusion.
I appreciate the generous invitation to guest blog, but I am going to pass. My personal idiosyncrasies make me rather unsuitable for collaborative blogging.
With your permission I will post this correspondence for the record, and to close the matter.
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 15:53:18 -0500
Someone brought to my attention today that you complained that our blog had linked to you via some automated template we had used in the past.
For our posts on religion, he had initially used a template that contained links to some of our favorite religious bloggers — including yours truly. But after complaints about pingbacks, we stopped using it. In fact, I believe we only used the template a few times before ceasing to use it.
Anyway, sorry for any inconvenience it might have caused.
BTW, we’re hoping to expand Occam’s Razor soon with more guest blogging and would perhaps like you invite you to submit a guest post.
Alfred W. Clark
Occam’s Razor Mag