At the end of the day, I’m for free speech. This means that you’re entitled to say whatever it that floats your boat as long as you don’t yell it right in my face or in the face of someone who doesn’t have some sort of concept of right or wrong… like, say, a seven year old.
This free speech belief applies to spam. Go ahead. Send as much spam as you like. I’m also for free enterprise and despite the fact spam is flooding the inboxes of the world, someone out there is making money doing so. While they might have nefarious motives, making money is making money even if it’s money from some dipshit who thinks that anyone in Nigeria has time to send email asking for cash.
We, as a society, gotta take our lumps… somehow. I can’t say that I personally know anyone who has bought, thought, or considered any spam-like offer, but PEOPLE OUT THERE are supporting these enterprises. Filling the Internet with THAT MUCH SPAM is a lot of work and takes a lot of effort and money from folks who, while they are unthinking jerks, are making a living.
With that said, I’ve made comments on Rands In Repose require authentication via Typekey. This depresses me because every hoop I put between you and you posting a comment decreases the chance you’ll say something bright and that’s a bummer. I wish you would, but you’re in a hurry. So am I.
Rands in Repose has been flooded with comment spam for the past few weeks and I’ve grown tired of a MT-Blacklist-less world where simple IP blocking just doesn’t cut it. MT-Blacklist for Movabletype 3.0 is imminent, but it hasn’t been fast enough, so I flipped the switch on Typekey authentication.
Typekey is just a hoop. For now, it tries to enforce that you are a human being rather than some script concocted at three in the morning by some mass marketing blow hole coming off a Twinkie+Jolt high. It’ll work for now and then it’ll stop working and then we’ll think of something else clever.
Support free speech. Speak out against spam and post a comment… and, uh, vote for Kerry.