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Comment spam - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Comment spam

I was all excited. I got a notice of new reviews on Father's Heart and Family Portrait, and it turned out to be someone spamming with an advertisement for online poker chips. Flaming is bad. Getting all excited to find out that someone hasn't even read the story enough to come up with a coherent flame and is just using it to advertise something totally unrelated...

It makes me all cranky. Family Portrait more than Father's Heart--the latter still gets comments now and then, but it had been ages since I'd heard a peep on FP, a story I always sort of liked, and I was all stoked about seeing that it was getting read again, only it wasn't.

Pout, pout, pout. Poor me, pity party. It looks like the same spammers as before, only this time not bothering with odd comments, just putting in links for the cyber poker-chips. I hate spammers. Just freaking hate them. How to spoil a perfectly nice evening.

I feel a bit...: cranky cranky

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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 8th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Oi, yeah. I don't feel quite right kvetching if I get "Liked _____" because hey, they read it. But sure--I've been known to say, "Awww... come on... more please! Insecure writer here!" ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 8th, 2005 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)
(Of course, I'm not good about commenting myself, so I have no real leg to stand on.)
From: tunxeh Date: May 8th, 2005 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe your site needs to disallow links in reviews? Because I doubt the spammers cared so much that people reading those reviews would see and follow those links, it was more likely an attempt to increase their Google pagerank by creating links to their site from as many others as they can find.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 8th, 2005 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, they don't link, exactly (it doesn't allow HTML)--they just spammed with the URL several times. It attempted HTML, so the code got pasted in, too. I can still contact the TFN editorial staff easily enough, but it looks like they already caught it as quickly as possible.

It's kind of stupid for them to spam TFN comments, since it doesn't allow HTML, now that I think about it, so there's no reason other than to just annoy fanfic writers. (I'm not the only one to get this.)
rabidfangurl From: rabidfangurl Date: May 8th, 2005 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, *I* liked Family Potrait. Father's Heart, too, for that matter. ::loves the scene where Vader kneels and strokes Leia's face::

You should get back into SW fandom. There is muchness of good stuff to be discussed.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 8th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm really out of SW discussion mode, and terrified of the fandom this summer --I'm expecting the apocalypse, SW-fandom-wise. Which, which I think about it, goes a long way toward why I'm feeling lukewarm about RotS. It's not the movie I'm dreading. It's watching fandom self-destruct again in the wake of it.
rabidfangurl From: rabidfangurl Date: May 8th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mrr? Having never lived through a fandom explosion like that, I will be watching with interest. I mean, back when Ep. I came out, I wasn't in *fandom*, I was in with Jedi-wannabes. And Ep. II came out when I was far, far out of fandom and just discovering fanfic, so...

::fetches popcorn and wank-proof suit::
nomadicwriter From: nomadicwriter Date: May 8th, 2005 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)
This seems like a good time, having friended you a little while ago, to 'fess up that I read and really liked your Star Wars fics some time back and probably didn't get around to sending feedback. (Some of them are on my Star Wars page in my recs section, though. Piddlingly small as it is. I must try and get back into reading SW fic again.) I'm a huge gen fic fan, I read practically nothing else, and it was finding Father's Heart linked on crack_van after ages of nothing but slash recs that prompted me to go on a bit of a Vader/Anakin-centric reading spree. (Turns out it was rec'ed December 2003. Oy. Not so much for me with the prompt getting back to the author. But that's no reflection on how much I liked the fic, just how bad I am at sending feedback.)
sreya From: sreya Date: May 8th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry for going off-topic, but ICON LOVE!! Did you make the icon yourself?
nomadicwriter From: nomadicwriter Date: May 8th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, I did; I was messing with the anagrams for a while, but as soon as I realised I could make something with "Vader" in it I knew it had to be an icon. I've had it for years, actually, but I retired it for a while when I didn't have a paid account. It's available for sharing if you'd like it.
sreya From: sreya Date: May 8th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thanks! Yeah, "Tom Vader" is great. I liked Moral Motivated, too. *snickering*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 8th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. (Also, seconding the icon love... that's great!)
azaelia_culnamo From: azaelia_culnamo Date: May 8th, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Hugs* I hate that... can you report them? Or email them telling them it wasn't appreciated?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 8th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, the e-mail bounces right back. It's definitely a bot. The TFN editors are on the subject; I caught it after they'd edited one out but before they'd edited the other. Their system (and I know this because I used to be a TFN editor) has every comment mailed to the editors so they can be proactive if junk like this comes through, and see if there's a trend to it. Unfortunately, there's not much they can do if it is a trend.
chocolatepot From: chocolatepot Date: May 8th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I also get annoyed when the first review on my latest work is actually just someone blathering on about, you reviewed my friend's story and you were so negative!!!!1! OMG your meeeen!!1!!111!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 8th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. That's always fun. I got one on Shifts say, "I see you hanging out on Pet Peeves all the time, so I thought I'd see your stuff, and it's okay, but it's not brilliant. It's wooden. So maybe you should work on your stuff instead of complaining about other people's!"
sreya From: sreya Date: May 8th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is just so strange. Of all the places for spammers to hang out, the TFN fanfic archive?

Oh, well, at least it's not people confusing you with a foreign actress. :~p I had that for a while on TFN, it was really creepy.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 8th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I recognized the name attached to the FH one--Anna Mei. I ran her through google, along with the other name from the last spate, and they've been leaving weird messages in, like, people's guestbooks, random messages on message boards. It's got to be a bot, but it's not a very bright one.

A foreign actress? That's just... weird.
sreya From: sreya Date: May 8th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, some actress in India is named Sreya, and for a while if you googled "Sreya" my TFN fanfic contact page was the first hit, so I'm guessing a lot of people who don't really know English too well were using that.

Although, I'm a bit confused as to why they were sending messages in broken English if they thought they were sending fanmail to an Indian actress... the whole thing was extremely weird and confusing.

A bot, huh? I wonder if there's some way for them to block bots from posting messages... I think there's a way to do it though I can't remember the specifics off the top of my head.

Although considering they haven't so much as updated the links in the guidelines since 2001, code changes may be a bit much to ask for!
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: May 8th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Father's Heart was a great series. Family Portrait was great too and I consider that the best JQ story that I've read.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 8th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Two books into JA, I wrote to Scholastic and said I realized that of course, between Ep2 and Ep3, they'd be doing a second series about Obi-Wan training Anakin, and I asked if I could submit for it. No joy. I was deeply disappointed by that, because I honestly do feel--and I don't mean to sound arrogant; I just actually feel it--that such a series really would suit my writing style and characterization. So I'm glad you said that about my sole contribution in the JQ category!
sue_parsons From: sue_parsons Date: May 8th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

I Shall Harp Yet Again on an Old Theme.....

It is certainly possible that you could get some new readers if you were to post these lovely things on a newer site. Let me cite, for example, just a random place on the web such as, oh, maybe A-Larger-World.

I love your writing. I love that you still care about your SW pieces. I would love to archive them all. I would love it if you joined the forums there. I know that you are avoiding the internet drama that has plagued us all in the past, but my site, by all accounts, seems to see the least of that, probably because I and others are absolutely viligant about ensuring that it never sees the light of day there. I think we have had three low-key incidents in the year we have been open, and, for the most part, the vast majority of the members didn't even know there was a problem, and everything got resolved. They would rather focus on the literary analysis of the pieces in the archives (Lit Club) and the promotion of writing and fanart in the membership via workshop process.

Just recently the membership approved author applications for the archives by non-members - persons who cannot join the forums due to time constraints or other personal reasons. It was decided that enriching the library there took precendence over swelling the ranks in the forums. All author accounts go through me. If I have not read pieces by an author elsewhere, I insist on a trial submission. It is my goal to have one of the most robust, varied and superior-quality fanfiction archives on the 'net. With the 146 items we house so far, there is not one story or poem I would eliminate. I invite you to take a look, if more readership is what you want. There could be no spam in your reviews, since only members of ALW may post them. And how convenient it would be for me to have the works of one of my all-time favorite SW fanliterature authors right there in my library!

Just a thought. I've asked before, but got no response. I promise not to bug you about it again, and really take the silence for "no" this time. But I hope you will take a look at the place and consider. It is a very unique, friendly community.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 8th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I Shall Harp Yet Again on an Old Theme.....

Hmmm. I went through an incommunicado phase for awhile (bad brain), not opening or answering e-mail, leaving PMs alone, all kinds of weird stuff.

I get deep enough into communities when I join them that I find it hard to keep up with many, and since in my LJ I can just ramble on about anything that happens to cross my airy little brain, I've been cutting back on the forums. (Also the SW drama makes me jumpy; HP gets drama, but at least it tends to be about different sorts of fanon--R/Hr vs H/Hr or whatnot--rather than "JKR should let someone younger take over!" Though I stick at the heavily modded SQ rather than braving the fandom at large even there.)

As to archiving, though--sure. Let me know what to do. I went through a phase of trying to reel in all of my SW fics, partly because they were overexposed, partly because I felt like putting them all in one place would bring people to that place and make it simpler for people looking (also, it doesn't hurt ye olde hit count if everything's in one place, if I'm being all ugly and honest about it!). However, I'm starting to realize that no one cares about overexposure except me, and the fandom is so fragmented--in any fandom--that some sites, even big ones like TFN, just don't reach all eyes.
sue_parsons From: sue_parsons Date: May 8th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I Shall Harp Yet Again on an Old Theme.....

Yay! Must've been the third time being the charm...or something.

If you go to http://www.a-larger-world.com and click on the menu item "fanfiction", you'll be in the archives. Lefthand menu has the link to register and login. I check in many times each day. When I see that you have registered, I will validate your author's account, and you can begin. The format is eFiction. If you have any trouble mounting your works, please contact me at webmaster@a-larger-world.com .

Wow. This is great! I am so glad your works will be getting more attention. They so fully deserve it.


czgoldedition From: czgoldedition Date: May 9th, 2005 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Eep, unrelated spam. Sucketh.

Heheh, once not too long ago, I left a comment on one of your stories only to realize mid-posting that I had probably already commented on it. Went ahead and did anyway, only to scroll up and see that, sure enough, I'd said almost the exact same thing three years earlier, when on was on my last Star Wars kick. Whoops. XD I was vaguely ashamed and amused at having done so. Oh well, your fanfiction rocks, it deserves multiple responses regardless. :P
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