Dealing with trolls and spammers in blog comments


Dean's World has come up with a great rule for handling spammers and trolls who leave messages in his blog comments:

From this point forward, if you leave either a trolling message or a spam in the comments to Dean's World, my wife Rosemary will edit your message. Purely for the purposes of correcting your grammar and making sure you said what you really MEANT to say, as opposed to whatever deranged psychobabble came out of you.

What spurred this policy? "Laura in DC" has been spamming blogs to drum up support for presidential candidate Howard Dean, and made the mistake of spamming Dean's World. Jeff Jarvis (BuzzMachine) has a sample in his comments (and Daniel Drezner has one too):

Cool site! Check out my new blog, Mousepads, Shoe Leather, and Hope - The Great Grassroots Campaign. Also, check out my Dean stores, The Great Grassroots Campaign and You Have The Power. The proceeds from the shop will be given to the new Generation Dean chapter on campus. If you feel like linking to any of the sites I gave you, I'd be happy to add a link to your site on my blog. Keep up the good work with your site.

Posted by Laura in DC at September 17, 2003 04:41 PM

So what did Laura really mean to say? Here's the re-written comment:

I just want you to know that I used to love Howard Dean. This is my website. But I just found out that Howard Dean fantasizes about being a 13 year old girl in bondage and wishes he could be Ronald Reagan's sex toy. He hates the Jews and the darkies, but especially the jews because he thinks they have all the money and won't give him any.

I really hate him now. If you hate him too, please come to the website and tell me just how much!!

He is a real rat bastard.

Email me your thoughts on this stinkin' racist anti-semite. I'd love to hear from you !

Posted by Laura in DC at September 17, 2003 05:26 PM

If the opportunity ever comes up, I'm going to have a lot of fun with this!

Update 20-Sep-2003: Laura hit Calpundit's comments yesterday.


Thanks for the publicity. I got a bunch of hits from your site, so thanks for the promo.

Proving again what an idiot you are.....How can you get any hits from my site when there are NO links to you anywhere on my weblog???

Freakin' political spam-bitch! Be *sure* that I WON'T be voting for Howard Dean!!

I admit, I spammed your blog and I deserve to be stigmatized, traumatized, and beaten profusely with a clue stick. Technically, I was not promoting Howard Dean - just my site which promotes Howard Dean, but I'm too stupid to notice that this is the same damn thing. I performed sexual favors to get some geek to build me a new site, but didn't have two brain cells to actually write anything interesting to get traffic, so I went around spamming in comments of people in posts that had nothing to do with Howard Dean, and I was too lazy to find out if they were Dean-friendly or liberal in general (let alone find a relevant post to comment in) and offered to be a link-whore. I am slowly becoming aware of the fact that using other people's weblogs to advertise my own piece-of-shit web site by spamming their comments is offensive, but as this comment proves, I have yet to learn the error of my ways.

And BTW, Dean Esmay's web site rules, and I should not have soiled it with my comment spam. I am not worthy to leave comments on such a great site.

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