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Posted on 17 May 2007 | 8 comments

Apparently I really have won the war. After only 48 hours of having comments turned off, I got the following message in my inbox:

Hello

About this
http://www.communityguy.com/index.cfm/id/Lost_the_battle_won_t_lose_th

We are remove your domain from our spambase. You can switch comments
on. Our guys will not spam you anymore.

Sorry for inconvenience

Sincerely yours, [removed Russian name]

I have to say that I’m impressed. First time a spammer has contacted me and apologized. I even followed up to ask him if he’d be willing to come onto our podcast (I was curious to talk about Transparency – this month’s theme). Unfortunately he (very politely) declined.
While I’m happy with the result, and am taking the optimistic position that it’s for real, I’m still extremely troubled by the larger issue. Globalization and cheaper labor costs are creating many, many new opportunities for both parties involved. Some of these models are fantastic, some not so much. Cool user generated content sites, for instance, would be far fewer if content moderators weren’t outsourced. But when it’s possible to pay nearly nothing to have real humans creating quasi-relevant spam, it becomes even more important for companies to act responsibly and honestly.

  • http://www.commoncraft.com Lee

    Wow. If that is for real, I’m quite impressed. I would never have thought, in a million years, that a spammer would have called off the hounds due to a blog post. I wish he would have agreed to do the podcast!

  • Tommie D.

    I don’t know, I’m a little dubious about the sincerity of that email. As someone who deals with spammers as part of my job, these guys have no morals whatsoever. I guess time will tell if they truly stop.

  • http://www.commoncraft.com Lee

    Wow. If that is for real, I’m quite impressed. I would never have thought, in a million years, that a spammer would have called off the hounds due to a blog post. I wish he would have agreed to do the podcast!

  • Tommie D.

    I don’t know, I’m a little dubious about the sincerity of that email. As someone who deals with spammers as part of my job, these guys have no morals whatsoever. I guess time will tell if they truly stop.

  • http://www.communityguy.com Jake McKee

    Tommie, I’m with you. But I honestly wonder if we’ve sorta entered into a new domain of spamming… since this is a different kind of business model, I wonder if they do better by remaining under the radar. i.e. if they don’t ruffle the feathers of the blogosphere too much, does that help maintain their overall biz model?

  • http://www.communityguy.com Jake McKee

    Tommie, I’m with you. But I honestly wonder if we’ve sorta entered into a new domain of spamming… since this is a different kind of business model, I wonder if they do better by remaining under the radar. i.e. if they don’t ruffle the feathers of the blogosphere too much, does that help maintain their overall biz model?

  • http://www.greenteaicecream.co.uk Michael Clarke

    Well, fantastic if they’ve really decided to leave you alone. Though going by my Aksimet filter over the last few days, they all seem to have moved onto my parenting blog. Given the sheer volume of spam and splogs, one might pessimistically wonder whether in terms of content the blogosphere has started to plateau with new contributors to the flow heading elsewhere.

  • http://www.greenteaicecream.co.uk Michael Clarke

    Well, fantastic if they’ve really decided to leave you alone. Though going by my Aksimet filter over the last few days, they all seem to have moved onto my parenting blog. Given the sheer volume of spam and splogs, one might pessimistically wonder whether in terms of content the blogosphere has started to plateau with new contributors to the flow heading elsewhere.