You may or may not have noticed that I’ve turned off comments on posts older than three months. I wasn’t getting tons of spam comments (spamments?)—I suspect my filtering was working well enough—but I was certainly getting tired of the ones that were coming through. Since they were almost invariably on old posts, I finally bit the bullet and took care of the problem.

If you have a burning desire to write about a past blog entry, just use the contact form. Of course, that’s no guarantee that you’ll get anywhere. :)

Spam Pounder

So the spam problem finally got to be a little overwhelming on our BendCable email account, and we opted in to use BendCable’s anti-spam software/service, Spam Pounder. But here’s the catch: you don’t actually get this anti-spam service on your regular email, no—instead they change your email to a address because that’s where they have the actual anti-spam software running. (In order to preserve your address—which you may have had for years, as we have, and don’t want it gone—they set up a forward that shunts everything from your address to the one.)

I mean, what the hell is that? Sure changing your email address is a solution for spam, but that’s not the point. I don’t have a lot of confidence in an ISP that can’t even set up spam filtering software on their main mail server, fer chrissakes.

And what the hell is with that name (“Spam Pounder”) and logo?? The images I’m associating with it are not good ones…

Now, having said all that, I will concede that so far it’s doing the job: almost all of the spam is now being caught, I’d give it a 98-99% effectiveness rating so far. The technology seems to work.

But why can’t BendCable integrate this into their main email server like everyone else?