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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Voluntary Code Free Zone killed by ardent believers

The latest abandoned right-wing blog to fall victim to blog-hijacking spammers is:

The same affiliate scheme used for the Out From Under hijack is being used to redirect visitors to a different destination URL, in a effort to get a bit of that red-hot 'finger wave' action:

Disillusioned & Bored used to be home to the Voluntary Code Free Zone (the genesis of which has been hastily preserved here).

Manic would love to pause and enjoy the subtle irony of that, but there is work to be done!

Recently-abandoned British political weblogs need to be checked for similar hijacks and a list of hijacked blogs needs to be tallied and published.

Why? Well, as a 'just for example' type thing, this recent series of hijacks presents Iain Dale with a small problem; there's no telling how many blogs in his 'definitive' list of British political weblogs now feature links to hardcore pornography (and unprincipled faux-outraging members of opposing parties could easily misrepresent this eventuality in order to cause him embarrassment further embarrassment).

Happily, Iain Dale also presents us with a possible solution... he has one of the longest blogrolls in the entire world!

Manic has some web-browsing to do, and he will check in shortly.

Manic has spoken. Further communication to follow.

UPDATE - These blogs have been abandoned and then hijacked by spammers, and you may want to remove them from your blogroll(s):

After trawling through Iain Dale's impossibly-long (but suddenly useful) blogroll, Manic also found the following:

The David Coleman blog has been spammed in a new and exciting way:

It is not advisable for newbies with unprotected PCs to visit the page hosted at the above location, or the URL it redirects to:

The Injured Cyclist has been hijacked by a Japanese spammer pushing 'Windows Vista' on the cheap, by the looks of things:

The Dave Mills and Pete Kelly blogs are dead, but not spammed:

That appears to be it for now. Complaints have been filed with Google for all spam that has been found... but if you find any more, please tell Manic!

Two side-bars:

1. It was interesting to note how many political bloggers are repeating Iain's mistake of putting all of their eggs into a single Blogger basket.

2. There are many other corrections that need to be made to Iain's record-breaking blogroll, but Manic was mainly chasing Blogger users... and he is not Iain's housemaid.

Manic has spoken. End communication.

UPDATE (16 Mar) - Since this post went live, the spam/re-direct has been removed from and all past blog entries appear to be been reinstated in full (comments and all). No new posts, though. How odd.

Manic has spoken again. End communication again.

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Political Opinions said...

Thanks for posting this Manic, I've removed these from the Political Opinions site.

Heres a list of all blogs that have been removed from the Political Opinions site so far because of being abandoned or turning into spam:

1:37 PM, March 13, 2007  
Political Opinions said...

I've just gone through all of the blogs on Political Opinions and removed 30 that either no longer exist or haven't been added to since way before Christmas (and don't have a message saying they're going on holiday).

Heres the list:

Hope thats useful to some people.



2:32 PM, March 13, 2007  
Guido 2.0 said...

Now seems as good a time as any time for a cleanout, so I'm sure this will be very useful.

PS - Manic would like credit for one of the few 'closed' sites carrying an actual closing statement.


2:46 PM, March 13, 2007  
Gracchi said...

Manic This is just a naive question from someone who blogs but is in no way knowledgable about computers.

You mention that Dale has put all his eggs in the blogger basket and that this is a mistake. I wonder could you expand on that or suggest a resource that expands on that- I use blogger so it just flagged it up for me that this might be an issue and I should maybe look to backing up my archives and blog somewhere else on the internet.

Sorry to ask such a naive question- I've been a lurker round here for a while ever since the Guido thing started and respect your knowledge of blogging but I was just wondering for those who aren't as knowledgeable and who do try and run fair blogs (unlike Guido say) whether you could expand on what you've said or suggest somewhere that does.


12:33 PM, March 14, 2007  
Guido 2.0 said...

Gracci: You may have noticed that Guido has (finally) changed his blog so that all entries are now hosted under the domain (and not at There is a good reason for doing this...

If you host your blog with Blogger, over time you will be building a reputation that - in most cases - you will not be able to take with you if you and Blogger part ways.

If you must use Blogger (as Manic sometimes does for smaller projects), you should host the resulting weblog in its entirely under a domain name that you control.

12:39 PM, March 14, 2007  
Gracchi said...

Cheers thanks for that- its something that needs thinking about. Old hands are useful for us young and technically naive uns.

5:57 PM, March 14, 2007  
Lobster Blogster said...

Hello Ducky, I like you new photo.

PS I've put a response to your comments on Arfur Daley's blog.

9:37 AM, March 17, 2007  
Guido 2.0 said...

Hello, Lobster.

Yes, the new avatar (an image of Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois) is there as a courtesy to the gentleman you know as Iain 'Arfur' Daley... he objected to my previous 'insulting' avatar, and Manic figured that a picture of a classic drama queen was a fitting temporary replacement.

9:58 AM, March 17, 2007  
I am not Iain Dale. said...

goodbye. forever. that is such a bleeding delusional statement. though a thoroughly understandable sentiment. just shows how disconnected a certain Mr daley is . from reality.

6:20 PM, March 19, 2007  

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