How’s that for a title? It’s true; I’m done; and now I’m going to explain why in what might be the shortest article I’ve written since 2008.
Blocked; no more… over it!
I hate spam passionately; I know I’m not the only one. I’ve used lots of tools over the years, trying to eradicate spam, but this blog’s been around a long time, and though it’s not regular visitor positive as it once was, it’s very popular to spammers and scammers.
The thing is, I look at all the stuff that gets through, even though the plugins I use (one of them I’m paying for) do a pretty good job in general terms. What I’m seeing, and the numbers don’t lie, is that 99.97% of all the spam that comes is via a Gmail account, and 99.99% that gets through looking legitimate (at least to the spam filters; if only those things could read…) are Gmail submissions.
Heck, even half the people whose comments I trust are using Gmail. I actually have 2 Gmail accounts, one created when I got my first smartphone (which I talked about in 2012), the other when I created a 2nd YouTube channel (it was mandatory at the time), both of which I’ve never used (until last Thursday, when I was running tests on how to block Gmail).
The problem is that Google allows people to not only create an account without any bonafides, but allows people to create as many of them as they want. They don’t care as long as the person changes the first name, either a “regular” or business name. I talked about that in an article on why many sites believe Gmail is spam, if you want to see point #8.
Google, being the biggest dog, has crushed Yahoo, Hotmail, and AOL in becoming the most dominant email company in the world… which means they’re also the spammiest (not a word, but it should be). Well, I’ve had it; I’m tired of dealing with it. So, from this point on, unless somehow I’m allowed to whitelist the people I know and trust, all gmail messages will immediately go to trash (unless you do something that automatically blocks you, which one of my spam filters looks for). That means they’re not deleted; I can still see them and pull out the good ones, though it’ll probably be rare.
It also means I won’t wake up anymore and see email saying I either have to approve a comment that went into moderation or messages that got through that shouldn’t have. If you’re legit, know that I check this blog multiple times a day, so unless you’ve been bounced for a violation of a spam filter, I’ll eventually see your message and approve it.
That’s it; that’s the entire article… in less than 500 words. I wonder if it’ll end up getting the most comments; we’ll see.