Jaws was never my scene and I don't like Star Wars

A Note for Spambots

Just a quick note to by-far my largest readership, the spambot community.

It seems that some (~1%) of you have been identifying yourselves as human in the comment form, which is not really convenient for me. I have no problem with you reading, but I don't believe providing links to counterfeit handbags and pills is in the best interests of my few human readers (who, for reasons I will not go into here, get priority).

In an effort to serve everybody fairly, I have added an element to the comment form, the Mystery Box! Under normal circumstances, this should be hidden to human readers (though there are warnings to those who dare to peer beyond the silken css veil (I'm talking to you, lynx users)). Spambots are free to roam and play in the Mystery Box, POSTing URLs or encouraging comment on "this issue", while humans should have the sense to leave well enough alone. Some mysteries are best left unsolved, as Nigel Tufnel says.

If any spambots have trouble grasping this (I know bots probably prefer to consume code), here is a diff:


by fuzzix on Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:38.


Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:48

This is what happens when you don't play in the mystery box.

Sat, 16 Nov 2013 20:40

I can't see the mystery box :(

Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:58

Good! The temptations of the mystery box may be too great for some.

JT the Ninja (and totally not a spambot)
Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:06

We will adapt...[]

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:36

You haven't so far... Surprised this is actually working.

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