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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Silly Spammers
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on August 06, 2022, 07:32:21 AM »
I modified the form and added a notice right by the submit button.  Should give human senders pause.  We'll see what happens this time.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Silly Spammers
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on August 05, 2022, 07:08:32 AM »
Well, it was a good theory, but it's apparently not working.

No idea why comment spam stopped on the other form then.

Maybe I need to try bold print on the author contact form.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Silly Spammers
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on August 04, 2022, 06:28:26 AM »
Dang.  Just received one.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Silly Spammers
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on August 04, 2022, 04:39:29 AM »
I just added it to my author contact form.  We'll see what happens.

So far, so good.  One submission a few hours after I made the change but nothing since.  And that submission was in Russian (I think) so maybe I need to add the line in a few different languages.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Silly Spammers
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on August 02, 2022, 04:01:14 AM »
Well, and I don't see how this would deter bots, but I have on the company contact page that, if you're a spammer, by submitting the form, you are entering an agreement to pay me several hundred dollars per submission.

Who would have imagined that would actually work?  :shrug

 :icon_rofl: :icon_rofl: :icon_rofl: :icon_rofl: :icon_rofl: :icon_rofl:

I just added it to my author contact form.  We'll see what happens.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Silly Spammers
« Last post by TimothyEllis on July 27, 2022, 10:44:59 AM »
Well, and I don't see how this would deter bots, but I have on the company contact page that, if you're a spammer, by submitting the form, you are entering an agreement to pay me several hundred dollars per submission.

Who would have imagined that would actually work?  :shrug

 :icon_rofl: :icon_rofl: :icon_rofl: :icon_rofl: :icon_rofl: :icon_rofl:
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Silly Spammers
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on July 27, 2022, 03:24:12 AM »
I don't know if this is coincidental or how it would deter bots, but I have two comment forms on my website.  One is for the company and the other is for me as the author.  Company one is accessed via the main page; mine is from my author subdirectory.

I used to get spam on both.

Today, I received several in a row.  And then I noticed that all the recent spam comments have been to the author comment form, not the company one.  I checked and found I have not received any spam on the company contact form in over a year and a half.  None.

Well, maybe I messed up and have the same subject line for both.  So, I did a test submission.  Nope.  The message I get from the company contact form submission is different from the author one.

Hmm.  What did I do to that form a year and a half ago that I didn't do to the other?

Well, and I don't see how this would deter bots, but I have on the company contact page that, if you're a spammer, by submitting the form, you are entering an agreement to pay me several hundred dollars per submission.

Who would have imagined that would actually work?  :shrug
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on July 16, 2022, 03:34:50 AM »
I've been averaging around 500 words per day so far this year.  Not necessarily good words though.  The one novel I'm working on I am pretty sure I will likely never publish, unless I both get my humor writing mojo back and also heavily edit this mess.

I also have a short story that's now around 40k words with no semblance of an actual plot and I've wound up with too many characters that don't have names, including three or four versions of the same nameless guy.

Have another novel-in-progress I was more excited about but haven't been able to finish the outline so I can finish the story.

And then, to top it off, remember this?

I was feeling pretty confident in my redo until I did a better side-by-side comparison and--ugh--it's kind of better but much, much worse at the same time.



Well, the artwork is still not done, although I did make further progress on his sidekick.  This was going to be part of an attempt at an animated series.  I've had the story for the first "episode" in mind since around the time I decided to redo the original artwork to make a character more suitable for animation.  I thought it was a pretty cool idea and one that I don't recall seeing anywhere before.  And it was like, yay!, this will be cool and different.

So, last night, I saw a clip from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season finale and I was like, what was that all about?  I don't do streaming, so I went to Wikipedia to read up on what happened in the first season.  Reading through the episodes, I read to my disappointment and horror my story idea was an episode in June.

I guess instead of an animation, I should have written this as a short story last year or the year before or whenever it was I first got the idea and published it.  Then I could be all like, "They stole my story!"  And maybe, you know, cha-ching.

Instead, nope.  Never published anywhere or even told anyone about it.  So, guess I'll need to figure out a different story so I don't look like a copycat.

I've got time.  Not like my drawing skills are improving in any noticeable manner.

I need to learn to write better and faster because this sort of thing seems to happen to me too often.  :icon_cry:
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What Did You Blog About Today
« Last post by Vijaya on July 13, 2022, 02:42:58 AM »
Prayers and figs and fish, oh my! Lovely gifts in July: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2022/07/july-is-month-of-precious-blood.html
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