wow spam!!! Internet SPAM, Craigslist and the Undernet.


On almost a daily basis, someone with a non-account posts comments on my blog like this:
 
wow gold|buy wow gold & item Rate-Professional MMORPG* blah blah blah
 
* MMORPG stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, wow = World of Warcraft
 
Sheer garbage to me and it has nothing to do with my post. It is spam for someone who wants people to view places that sell MMPORG accounts and items for real money. Put simply, it is SPAM. My blog is a repository for garbage.
 
NOTE: I posted an entry detailing how to get rid of this SPAM here.
 
And, it is a common issue with the spaces blogs, as a quick search on google using wow gold site:spaces.live.com reveals. But then so does wow gold site:blogspot.com and wow gold site:blogger.com. The new Internet marketing?
 
I guess it could be worse: The Microsoft forums are routinely the dumpster for ads for watches and links to hidden cameras covering college lesbians. Say that one three times fast. Clicking over to these sites, even if you are just curious, rewards the SPAMmer instantly, as he has heavily adorned his site with google ads. In fact, there are people selling "How to SPAM your way to millions" books and courses out there. They don’t call it SPAM, of course, but that is precisely what it is. I blogged about this quite a few months back, but ended up editing when one of the jerkwads threatened to sue me for "outing" him.
 
Then there is Craigslist, which has become a haven for Internet prostitution, including child prostitution. Just last month, two ladies were busted for selling sex on Craigslist. New York is cracking down on it, but a quick examination of Nashville’s Craigslist, under the category erotic services will yield dozens of women who wants roses (a prostitution term for dollars – gotta love the urban dictionary).
 
Here is Craigslist official stated policy:
 
Unless all of the following points are true, please use your "back" button to exit this part of craigslist:

  1. I am at least 18 years old.
  2. I understand "erotic services" may include adult content.

  3. I agree to flag as "prohibited" anything illegal or which otherwise violates the craigslist terms of use. This includes, but is not limited to, offers for or the solicitation of prostitution.

  4. I agree to report suspected exploitation of minors to the appropriate authorities.

  5. By clicking on the links below, I release craigslist from any liability that may arise from my use of this site.

Human trafficking and exploitation of minors are not tolerated – any suspected activity will be reported to law enforcement.

Craigslist has officially stated that the erotic category is there to help officials bust those selling themselves and minors on the web, but we find the same disclaimer (sans the human trafficking) on all of the dating categories as well as the category for those desiring to rant and rave. Despite the disclaimer, Craigslist continues to be mentioned in news story after news story as a place where prostitution thrives. I guess they do not call it the "oldest profession" for nothing. There are other seedy goings on here
 
So let’s sum it up. I can build World Of Warcraft gold on my own blog, if I do not delete the comments (I do – got one this morning already). I can get watches and look at naked college women who life other women on the Microsoft Usenet. And, I can buy a lady for an hour or two, perhaps from someone as young as my own daughters (a thought that curls my stomach) if I peruse Craigslist.
 
My question is what can we do. Is this merely the way the Internet is going (towards the underbelly of society)? Or can we do something to fight it? There are bloggers focusing on the underbelly of Craigslist and busts for prostitution, but is it making a dent? Are we gong to have to just accept that this is the way things are?
 
I, for one, hope we can do something about this trend. It was one thing a few years ago when you found these types of activities on the undernet (areas for the black hats (hackers), peddling of warez (pirated software) and pornography), but it is now rising up out of the "sewer" and bubbling up into the streets of the "city". I do not want a censored Internet, by any means, but I am interested in ways to keep these types of activities from continuing to rise to the surface.
 
Oh, well, I guess I will just continue to keep my little corner of the net clean, as that is all I can do for now.
 
Peace and Grace,
Greg
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