An Engineer in Wonderland – The spam swamp

Whereas our marvellous IT system seems to be coping well with email spam, the part that deals with comment spam is collapsing.

In an attempt to shore it up, the powers-that-be have changed the settings and now some genuine replies to our blogs are being automatically tagged as spam and discarded.

So now, not only do we have to sort through a 100:1* spam to comment ratio in the inbox, we also have to do the same in the spam bin hunting for good comments.

The great David Manners, over on Mannerisms, hand sorted seven thousand comments one week before resorting to a registration scheme.

For the time being, if you would like to comment on any Engineer in Wonderland posting, please just email

As usual, no email addresses are collected for marketing purposes from responses to this blog, and I will keep it that way for as long as possible.


* and we are told those 99 spams are less than 10% of the total flow automarically blocked from entering the system at all

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