A simple method to put spam out of its misery before it puts us out of ours

THIS IS MY FIRST (temporary) posting on Our Salon, and before I go any further, let me thank Lorianne and everyone else involved in this project for setting up such a user-friendly and spam-free blogging environment for the rest of us!

The spam infection is getting worse all the time, and I can't figure out why Jacob doesn't do the following: Just shut off the "most recent" function until further notice. I mean, it's not as if we notice new human posts anyway these days. They're all stifled in spam. I'm sure you've all had the experience of trying to check on how your most recent piece is doing and finding it stuck five pages back amongst mounds of quivering pink porcine gunk. Getting rid of "most recent" would pretty much take the spammers entirely out of our notice and we'd just see the posts on our "favorites" list - which is already the case anyway.

Wouldn't this pretty much dry the spammers up at the source? Tough luck for OS novices, of course, who would never find readers, but in the meantime Big Salon could try to fix the system and welcome everyone back when the fix is in.

Personally, I'd prefer to fry the spam in bacon grease, and have a big rollicking OS picnic!

I hate to be making such a pitiful suggestion. What a sad demise for a project that once seemed as exciting as a new puppy, and that has now become as wretched as a poor, terminally ill old pooch waiting for the vet to give him the shot that puts him out of his misery.

My proposal assumes that anyone at Big Salon actually gives a damn about OS these days. If the rumors are correct, and Salon.com is going to fold in 2013, this would explain most of the problems we've been having.

I don't envy Jacob for his job, but if the rumors are correct, neither he nor anyone else at Salon will be having a job before long.

That goes for the bloggers there too. I think Our Salon would be an excellent replacement for the old sinking ship if someone could think of a way to get the same exposure we had under the old regime. Any ideas out there? 

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Comment by Joan H on September 29, 2012 at 4:09pm

Please don't shoot the dog.

Comment by Alan Nothnagle on September 29, 2012 at 4:23pm

Okay, but we've tried everything else, haven't we...?

Comment by Joan H on September 29, 2012 at 4:25pm

Yes, and I'm sorry I'm not more help. It's a real deterrent to writing there...

Comment by lorianne on September 29, 2012 at 6:07pm

was the 'exposure' at open salon real or imagined?  to my eye, blogs were read and commented on by other bloggers... the community was fairly closed.  i may be wrong as that is simply my experience, but what has Salon done for its bloggers lately?  legit question, cuz I dont know really.

we have future plans for associations with publications that would provide opportunities for writers here, but first we must become more active within the community here.  we have lots of inactive members right now.

once we have a wider variety of posters and regular activity by numbers, we will be positioned to market ourselves better. this is the foundation we are building now.

but hey..no spam here!

Comment by Alan Nothnagle on September 29, 2012 at 6:27pm

The community there probably is pretty closed, although I did find my stuff getting picked up all across the web.

While I still think that closing the "most recent" function might help, after reading Mishima666's recent comment on OS that individual spammers are posting literally thousands of spams per day - and even per minute - I can't help but think the patient is already near death, unless some pretty major surgery is undertaken.

Comment by Sheila Luecht on September 29, 2012 at 6:48pm

Good thoughts Alan. 

Comment by Joan H on September 29, 2012 at 6:58pm

Lorianne, in the olden days, I would look at the total views for a post and it would be in the thousands... I think I thought I'd be discovered. :)

sigh. But yes, there was the lure of knowing that lots and lots of people were reading you.

Comment by lorianne on September 29, 2012 at 8:01pm

i understand that. Number of views might mean number of reads... but it might not.  sometimes, because of certain words in a piece it will bring many views.  for example when a piece was written on this site containing the words "women unbound" it got TONS of hit/views...  but upon closer look at my tracking software, it was because the perverts interested in tying up women were finding those key words...  so about 90% of the hits/views stayed on the page less than 12 seconds. long enough to realize there were no pics of bondage i guess. they registered as a view though.

while the view counter is somewhat useful, do not be fooled by it... it can be misleading. comments are a generally good judge of what gets read, and we still have some work to do in that direction. i do have a few irons in that fire... so maybe soon...

Comment by Tinkerertink69 on September 30, 2012 at 12:25am

I came here looking for 'irons in the fire' pictures!! MISLEAD!! MISLEAD!! :D

Takes time for a site to grow, you'll get the hits.  I've been writing over at Zoomers for well over a year, they like me, I like them, and I still like Open(if things get going smoother for me, I'll try posting something here more than comments.....but heck, even posting comments is fun!!!  

Views don't really mean reads, that's why I hate the most read of the day feed at Open, it's not reads but how many people either hit your blog or, refreshed it a million times using F5 or a refresh - page website!! :D

Comment by greenheron on September 30, 2012 at 5:09am

I have zero expectations or wishes for Open. To hope things might possibly change there, at this point seems a waste of perfectly good hope.


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