I own the gmone.org domain, so about 2 months ago I started getting spam from several domain-selling companies that they would reserve “gmone.com” for me when it expired for a fee. That fee was pretty high.. at first. As time went by, the price fell lower and lower.
When the domain actually expired, I logged in to my Dreamhost account and bought the domain at the regular cost.
A rare instance of spam actually providing a service—in this instance, as a calendar-ish reminder alarm.
P.S. Luisa, this is the domain i was thinking of, not tnir.com (which I don’t think will ever be available)
I’m switching ReidNews back over to using Disqus now.
It’s worked really well on Tech Tok.
This gets rid of the headache of de-spamming comments.
I just sucked all my old comments into Disqus and its “processing” right now.
So for a little while all my old comments are hidden.
Well, I think it’s more of a combination of Google and Firefox.
My site was hacked via a WordPress exploit.
I’ve updated to the latest (I was at 2.5, now at 2.6.1), which should fix the issue.
I’ve applied to Google to get rae.tnir.org re-evaluated.
But their form for re-evaluation says it will take “several weeks”!
So until then, my site will be red-eye-banned by all Firefox users.
2008-09-18 13:05 Update:
Found out that Google is in cahoots with stopbadware.org
, and applied to them to get my blog reviewed.
Their turnaround was significantly faster than that of Google (which hasn’t done anything yet).
I got this email reply from them a day or two after I asked them for a review:
We have received and processed your request for review of your website, rae.tnir.org/. Google’s most recent test of your website found no badware behaviors on the site. As such, the Google warning page for your site has either already been removed or should be removed shortly. In addition, if your site has been listed in our Badware Website Clearinghouse, we will remove your site from the Clearinghouse list.
Sometimes website owners are confused about why Google placed a warning in the search results for their site. In many cases, a website run by an innocent site owner has been hacked by a malicious third party, causing the site to distribute badware without the site owner’s knowledge. If your site was distributing badware because it has been hacked, then simply removing the bad code from your site is not enough to keep your site clean in the future. You will also need to work with your hosting provider to fix all security vulnerabilities associated with your site.
Please note that we will be retesting your website at periodic intervals in order to monitor that it remains free from badware. If we find that you are hosting or distributing badware in the future, the reviews process may take considerably longer than the original review.
Answers to commonly asked questions from site owners who are the subject of Google warnings can be found at: http://stopbadware.org/home/faq#partnerwarnings
For tips on keeping your website clean and secure, please visit:
The StopBadware Team
So with any luck, this blog will be out from under Googles Red Screen of Death sometime soon.