Spam attack! in Site Updates

Revised: 05/15/2019 3:04 p.m.

  • May 8, 2019, 12:06 a.m.
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Hey everyone,

If you’ve been on the front page in the past hour, you’ve probably noticed the crazy number of Korean spam posts. I’ve cleaned them out for now, but I’m confident they’ll be back.

I’m currently working up a long-term solution, but until that happens I’ll be cleaning them up manually, so there may be a bit of a delay. Hoping to solve it in the next few days.

Thanks for your patience!

Update 5/7: I’ve temporarily closed new user registration until I can put a permanent fix in place. ETA is looking like Thursday. Whew.

Update 5/10: Signups are once again open, now with a shiny new captcha! Looks like this has stopped them in their tracks for now, but we’ll see… Mochi remains ever-vigilant.

Update 5/14: AAAAAND THEY’RE BACK. :-|

Update 5/15: Signups have been closed again for the time being. We’ve determined that the spammers aren’t bots, but rather are a spam farm using actual humans. This defeats any captcha we throw at them, and likely email verification as well. The future is annoying. Exploring other options.

Current mood:


Last updated May 15, 2019

J🌞DI May 08, 2019

I've noticed the rise in spam accounts for various things.

josh J🌞DI ⋅ May 08, 2019

It's a pain! I have a few ideas about fixing it

J🌞DI josh ⋅ May 08, 2019

Just emailed you a link. :)

Deleted user May 08, 2019

Thank you for your vigilance in this matter. 👍

Park Row Fallout May 08, 2019

Thank you! I definitely noticed them but I wasn't sure what SOP was. Will make sure to let you know in future.

thesunnyabyss May 08, 2019

thank you!!!

EvequeFou May 08, 2019 (edited May 08, 2019)


Akamai BotMan might be worth looking into, assuming this isn't manual traffic.

Firebabe May 08, 2019

But without spam how will I know where the best Korean casinos are? Or where to get high quality, almost authentic, Hello Kitty merchandise? How Josh? HOW?

Seriously though, thanks for handling. They are really quite annoying.

girl in recession Firebabe ⋅ May 08, 2019


girl in recession May 08, 2019


kmh. May 08, 2019

Thanks Josh!

hot-lips May 08, 2019

I wonder where they’re coming from and why this site is being targeted?

Always Laughing May 08, 2019

Thanks for being on top of things.

Justlovely May 08, 2019


Half_Hearted May 08, 2019

Thanks! :)

NorthernSeeker May 08, 2019

Mochi wants to sleep in.

Deleted user May 08, 2019

Why In the hell would someone waste their time doing this?

josh Deleted user ⋅ May 08, 2019

Let's just say it's possible that Mochi has made some.. enemies overseas

ConnieK May 08, 2019

What a shame you have to deal with this.

GypsyWynd May 08, 2019

Sic Mochi on the spammers!! That'll fix 'em!

Nash May 08, 2019

always thought spam was Hawaiian.

rhizome May 09, 2019

go home, mochi, you are drunk

Whiskie May 09, 2019

I haven't noticed any spam. You are doing a great job cleaning up.

Deleted user May 10, 2019

Thank- you for dealing with this. Pat Mochi for me :-)

ConnieK May 10, 2019

Yay for Mochi!

Jigger May 10, 2019

Thanks, man.

Luna Leanne 🌈 May 11, 2019

Mochi is on the case :)
Thanks for all the work you have to deal with to keep this place running.

Swanny May 11, 2019

Oh Mochi, you got this!

Marg May 11, 2019

Mochi is all like 'Don't bother me with your irritating trifles - I've got bigger fish to fry'😁

Mr. Mofo May 11, 2019

Looks like Mochi has been doing wayyyyyyyyy too many shots at the Golden Gopher.

Echo May 11, 2019

Mochi looks like the grumpiest old man ever in that pic! <3

Deleted user May 12, 2019

Thank- you ! Hi to the Big M.

Echo May 14, 2019

Back again...3 this morning, seems to be same journal though...

Asenath Waite May 14, 2019

Mochi looks like a tiny, fuzzy Clint Eastwood.

EvequeFou May 14, 2019

Aaand they're back.

ConnieK May 14, 2019

Get 'em, Moochie!

Symmetry May 14, 2019

Yay!.... oh.

Jigger May 14, 2019

I love how Mochi’s face is appropriate for the original post, and each subsequent edit.

rbjlovesllj May 14, 2019

Thanks for taking care of that.

Only Spam I like is grilled Spam, hmmm wonder if Korean bbq sauce on it would be

Deleted user May 15, 2019

They aren’t on mine .

josh Deleted user ⋅ May 15, 2019

I've been deleting them as fast as I see them :)

Deleted user josh ⋅ May 15, 2019

Great job ! Thanks!

Firebabe May 15, 2019

Say the word Josh, and I got a crate full of coked-up marmosets with nothing to lose that I can air drop anywhere in the world. *nods*

josh Firebabe ⋅ May 15, 2019

The word.

Firebabe josh ⋅ May 16, 2019


Camdengirl May 15, 2019

Block Korean IPs?

josh Camdengirl ⋅ May 15, 2019

They're using tor, so IP block doesn't help

Camdengirl josh ⋅ May 16, 2019


ConnieK May 15, 2019

My money's on Mochi.

crystal butterfly May 15, 2019

You do have my sympathies and best wishes on getting the problem solved.

rhizome May 17, 2019

like... do we have a big korean fanbase that they're trying to advertise to? i don't understand the motivation here.

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