They say you wait for a bus for ages and then two come along at once.
I mentioned Trolls in passing yesterday so I thought I would mention them again today.
You see, I have my own little personal troll called Dickie Doubleday. Unfortunately for everyone you will rarely see his comments on this site because he is finding it more and more difficult to reach the site in the first place. Since I started counting a while back, he has made over 140 attempts to even reach the site as normally he just gets a bland page saying nothing in particular. To make matters worse, every time he does manage to see the site, so the defences are strengthened and it will therefor be even more difficult the next time.
It really is a pity you can't see his comments because some of them are positively Shakespearean in their content.
"Your blog is getting more stupid by the day "
"What a complete wanker you are grandad, deleting harmless opinion"
"Oh do fuck off Grandad"
"Dance for me Grandad….lol"
As you can see, you're missing out on some real literary gems here.
Now normally it's simple enough to block someone because it's a case of blocking their IP. But Tricky Dickie has been to infant school and has learned a couple of little tricks. One of those is that he uses what's known as anonymous proxies which makes it a little harder to block him, but not much.
Unfortunately he picked up another little trick at infant school and this is the one that I find just a tad irritating.
You see, he gets past moderation by posing as one of my genuine readers.
If he were man enough to just post as Dickie Doubleday I would probably remove any restrictions and let him rant away, but when he poses as an adult and starts posting abusive comments using someone else's name, he crosses the line.
Now Dickie may have been to infant school but I have been to grown up school so not only do I know how he does it, but I can build defences against that little trick as well.
Now every time he tries to comment it is going to get increasingly harder to get at the site in the first place and harder still to get past moderation.
Unfortunately there is some collateral damage [as the Mercans like to say]. Some of you who have had your accounts compromised may suddenly find yourselves stuck back in moderation again. And if others of you see a comment that you definitely didn't write then let me know, though the chances of that are becoming ever more remote.
Sorry about that, folks.
You can blame a sad lonely character sitting in his bedroom over in Norwich masturbating to the theme tune from SpongeBob.
Maybe some day he'll grow up?