GDPR so far

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has a lot of my emailers sending me notices. So far, I’ve been able to get off several elists which never produced any usable links.

That’s not what I expected when this went into effect, but, you know: serendipity.

[serendipity: finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for]



Wikipedia covered the reason I’m getting links posted in other blogs for no good reason.

The article on Spam in blogs says it’s called spamdexing.

“It is done by automatically posting random comments or promoting commercial services to blogs, wikis, guestbooks, or other publicly accessible online discussion boards. Any web application that accepts and displays hyperlinks submitted by visitors may be a target.

Adding links that point to the spammer’s web site artificially increases the site’s search engine ranking. An increased ranking often results in the spammer’s commercial site being listed ahead of other sites for certain searches, increasing the number of potential visitors and paying customers.”

Now I don’t feel at all bad about deleting it!

Lotsa lotsa links… but are they worth anything?

Be interesting to see if THIS post gets linked…

I’m getting a lot of items in the Akismet spam filter for sites that have links like “see more of this great post here” or “dvanarsd wrote an intesting post” or “while stumbling through the blogosphere” and then linked back to my ComputerHelper post. Most of these have no more than a bit of a quote from the post, and no real comment on the content.

They look very suspiciously like something done by some robot software, maybe to get a lot of links accumulated for other blogs and sites. There’s nothing substantial about the links, and the “found a great post” kind of introduction gets repeated so often that it looks automated.  The introductions (see quoted above) are so often the same that it has to be some kind of stock software grabbing it.

The weird part is that in many cases, somebody else is quoted as posting it… but when you follow the link far enough, it comes back to my post.  So these people are linking to each other’s links to me.  How incestuous is that?

I think I’m going to delete this kind of post by declaring it spam in the filter.  Not that hard to do with WordPress.
Nothing against it, really, since most of these apparently aren’t trying to lead people to see advertising… but it looks like somebody is trying to boost their link counts for these other blogs. I don’t need a lot of citations by other blogs per se, just real comments that might help.  I don’t care about how many places link to here, at least in a manner no more discriminating than that.

New policy: no more “link for the sake of linking” comments approved.