Please remember, one of the most popular spammer terms is Cialis, so I have no choice but to block it. Unfortunately, that means the filter will stop the word “socialist” and “socialism” as well. So be creative. I noticed several comments failed to get through last night because of this.

Update: “Specialist,” too — as I just found out for myself. I am not good with technology. If anyone can tell me how to fix this problem while filtering out messages for Cialis I’ll be grateful.

The Discussion: 12 Comments

Can you tell it to block a string including the spaces at each end of the word? That way, the software ought to distinguish between “c*al*s” and “soc*al*st”.

April 25, 2005 @ 4:55 pm | Comment

David, I don’t think MT Blacklist is that sophisticated. I’ll try, but I’m skeptical. Thanks.

April 25, 2005 @ 5:41 pm | Comment

richard, what is the c-word? couldn’t find it in the dic.

April 25, 2005 @ 7:02 pm | Comment

c-i-a-l-i-s is a popular drug for male erectile dysfunction, like v-i-a-g-r-a.

April 25, 2005 @ 7:03 pm | Comment

a regexp[1] like \b[cC]ialis\b should catch it. The ‘\b’s represent the breaks between words.

[1] REGular EXPression.

April 25, 2005 @ 10:18 pm | Comment

Have you considered implementing TypeKey


April 25, 2005 @ 10:55 pm | Comment

Well, we could just solve the problem by using another of their names: “idiots”

April 26, 2005 @ 1:39 am | Comment

useful idiots – Joseph Stalin

April 26, 2005 @ 5:49 am | Comment

Boo, yes I’ve considered it, but it’s a pain for my readers, I’m afraid.

April 26, 2005 @ 8:23 am | Comment

I wonder whether I ought to be flattered or pat my own back for having not heard of or being sent any ad on the c-thingy till today?

But alas, I have heard of V, so that has kinda spoil my ‘virgin’ record.

April 26, 2005 @ 6:18 pm | Comment

You’re obviously not in America, Jacky. Ads for c-i-alis are all over TV; unlike the blue V pill, c-i-alis supposedly works for a full 36 hours.

April 26, 2005 @ 6:21 pm | Comment

36 hrs!!! I’ll subscribe.

Or, perhaps we ought to send complimentray packets to the Chinese demonstrators and those Japanese right wing kingmakers – and hopefully throw both parties into bed together, and while we are at it, maybe dump John Bolton and a few of the ayatollahs into the orgy.

We may have a more peaceful world then.

April 27, 2005 @ 5:28 pm | Comment

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