Even when they are doing something as annoying as spamming comments, I’m always impressed when someone goes beyond the obvious, and comes up with what fans of Blackadder will recognize as a cunning plan.
http://www.wblogs.com without an e is a hosting domain for the Typepad weblog service from Six Apart: rather than having whatever.typepad.com you can have whatever.wblogs.com.
Rod Kratochwill runs a Radio-powered weblog on the radio.weblogs.com hosting server.
Early this morning, someone left a couple of comments on my old Redirecting RSS redirection entry, with the name Rod Kratochwill and the URL, yep, you guessed it, http://radio.wblogs.com/0100146/ without an e. At the moment, that
Sadly (for him) the spammer didn’t catch on to all the flurry of discussion of pubsub.com and other things that allow you to subscribe to an RSS feed of a search, or missed the fact that everyone with a name more unusual than “Bob Smith” is now subscribed to at least one search feed for their name. So after all that work setting up a site where he could pretend to be various Radio Userland weblogs, it only took a couple of hours after he commented here before Rod was seeing himself pop up in his aggregator as having left a couple of not-very-grammatical comments on my blog.
Most times, in a situation like this, I would fire off a few emails to webmaster@ and abuse@, but given how nicely the loosely-connected aspects of subscribing to search for names worked, and how I suspect that someone who either works for Six Apart, or will talk to someone who works for Six Apart today, reads my weblog, I think I’ll just let this entry serve as notification that the person who has radio.wblogs.com is surely violating the Typepad TOS.