I am grateful to all of you who wrote me earlier today when my site was, temporarily, loaded with links to porn sites. It happens more often than you’d think. A large part of my job as webmaster is purging this dreck.
What you saw was the result of ‘comment spamming.’ It’s a method for illicit websites to add value by using my ‘status’ with Google, Yahoo! and others.
There is some rudimentary protection installed on this web server. A program call MT-Blacklist looks at every comment entered, checking what you type against an ever increasing list of words and urls. Currently, there are 1855 forbidden entries. That’s crazy!
Sometimes the blacklist is too broad, keeping you from entering totally innocent comments. Other times obvious garbage is missed. Fighting comment spam is tough because the spammers are willing to blindly throw hundreds and hundreds of links with the thought a few will stick.
Anyway, today’s problems are gone and I apologize if you were treated to words or concepts you found offensive. There are ways to stop the problem, but I don’t want to inhibit the conversation.