Spam is costing me money

I’m spending time every day deleting spam from MediaSavvy. The worst part is having to rebuild the entire site every time I delete a single spam. Perhaps I need to switch to a dynamic CMS like Expression Engine, so that I don’t have to do this.

Meanwhile, my email spam filter managed to move a couple of important messages into my spam folder. I don’t blame SpamSieve, which I love. I blame the spammers for making this whole process necessary.

Finally, I get a dozen spam faxes for every fax I want. This has been going on ever since I used my fax to send a message to efax.com. You can’t tell me they didn’t sell my number to the spammers.

Detecting spam has become an entire industry.

Technology is insufficient and the law is insufficient. You need both to solve this mess. What really galls me is that the direct marketing industry has fought every step to help solve the problem and given us a law that is completely inadequate to the task. Apparently, they can’t tell the difference between what they do and what the spammers are doing. If they can’t, how are we supposed to?

[This note was rewritten. The original post was eaten by a Safari bug exacerbated by the way Movable Type posts messages.]

4 thoughts on “Spam is costing me money

  1. I hear you!
    I just started messing around with WordPress and think that the manner in which the site structure works, makes deletion simple without rebuild. It’s quite a powerful system – I’m just getting started with it, but find that the lack of rebuilding makes life MUCH simpler.
    Comment Spam absolutely sucks…

  2. MediaSavvy: Spam is costing me money
    As Barry has noticed Spam takes time and money (bandwidth and/or just not being productive in the time you have to manually filter) to deal with. We all have our filters and systems, but in the end – for now anyway we still need to be involved in orde…

  3. It becomes a question of resources. The MT->database->html system works very well for most applications, requiring complete rebuilds only rarely. MT scales pretty well. WordPress on the other hand is completely dynamic. For a site with lots of visitors, the database hits can kill a server. Some folks are working on cacheing code to help… I do recall seeing some benchmarks of WordPress on a high volume server, perhaps it was in a forum on their site.
    Where my site is hosted, WordPress would not perform well due to the shared hosting environment. If you have only moderate traffic and a server with cycles to spare, then WordPress should perform just fine.
    My point: there are tradeoffs, understand them and pick the right tool for you. 🙂

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