Froggy Knits

July 13, 2004

Is this happening to you?

Are your images being used without your permission?

Did you know that this usage can reduce your available bandwidth that you pay for in order to post images on your site?

While pondering these questions, I decided to go check out
Emma & Co. and was surprised to read this . I didn't realize it was happening to that degree. Can you believe that!

Then I remembered seeing some information on bandwidth theft at midnight knitter. Check out her June 26 entry.
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It seems that this is happening often in blogdom.
Hope it's not happening to you.

I don't know about you, but I enjoy posting pics and would definitely like to be blogging about knitting instead of bandwidth theft. But be informed and check out the links. Emma has a link on preventing hot linking of images.

Now on to the next issue. What can I do to stop all this spam from being posted to my site? I try to delete it regularly, but some days I'm just not able to check it and delete it as fast as it pops up. Maybe I should look into delaying comments so I can filter out spam.

Any ideas?

Well, I'm going to go and just "knit over this".

Posted by froggy at July 13, 2004 06:34 PM
Comments

If you use MT, you can use MT Blacklist. It's a freeware program that filters comments for spam. I'm not entirely sure how it works and I'm not sure if you can use it with a Typepad account (maybe a pro one?) but I have a friend with a popular non knitting blog that swears by it.

Posted by: jillz at July 14, 2004 08:08 AM

IP Banning also works, but only on individual e-mailers. I just rid myself of a host of viagra adds this morning. If you use moveable type, you can just copy the IP address of the offender (shown above their e-mail), and then go to IP Banning in configurations and add the address to your banned list. This is only so effective, but it's one little weapon in the spam war.

The thing I have done which really seems to help is closing my comments. I only leave comments open for the entries you can see on the main page. It gives the spammers fewer places to target. They seem to like to target older posts thinking that you won't find them there. MT has a plug in that will automatically close comments over three weeks old for you, but I will have to look for more info on that. Since I run my knitalongs through old comments, I close everything manually.

I am actually going to post on this issue,too. Like Emma, I've recently begun experiencing the hotlink problem with my images (this baffles me - who wants knitting photos). Also, I know for a fact that some of the new bloggers out there do this inadvertantly and that we need to educate ourselves and them on the problem. All this techie stuff can be a bit much. I think we all need all the help we can get!

Posted by: julia at July 14, 2004 01:40 PM
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