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  1. yea half the emails i get esp seeing the email provider here is connected to yahoo. Get spam all the time. Its so annoying.

      • yea well thankfully the internet company which also the phone line have increased their security making it more secure but sumtimes theres alot of spam still comes though

    • Do you use a spam filter? I use Gmail and I don’t get spam in my mail because hundreds and thousands of spam e-mails are collected into a different box which I never actually look at.

      • yea i do i think the prob is awhile ago spam got in when telecom group got hacked. SO seem to have probs but they have made the email settings more secure yea i got both gmail as i use outlook 2013

  2. 80% of emails we get at work are spam.

    How can spammers wake up in the morning? They must realize they are literally the maggots on the pile of shit that is their realm of the internet.

      • I think so – maggots are always where the ‘shit’ is. I should have used quotes – so it’s not literal – but it might be – I am pretty sure maggots eat ..that.. literally. 🙂

        • Sorry, I’m not comprehending. My oldest cat died Thursday early. I was offline for a couple of days. I’m now reloading my boot to OpenSuse and an older ubuntu distro. What did you mean?

            • Du hast keine idee? It doesn’t matter that she was twenty or so. She was still my little one. She never asked for much. <3 Marc, thanks for acknowledging her here. I am still talking and seeing her when I go from room to room.

              • She was not parasitized by maggots, if that helps. She died. I knew that she was close. just not that close, to passing away. I do believe, though, that she is part of me. That lasts forever.

          • Caroline I’m so sorry, I know you mentioned you’d been up with Lucky all night one night and were surprised she’d made it through, were you with her when she died? It’s very sad but also a relief when a very old cat chooses their own time and you don’t have to decide for them.
            Take care.
            R.I.P little Lucky xx

            • Yes, I was with her all night, soothing her with love words and nose nudges. It is so warm and embracing to know that she is still with me in spirit! I feel it so strongly, so even though it is heartwrenching, it is okay. She, like all of our cats, are with those of us who love our cats. The memories are wonderful, aren’t they? thank you, Ruth xxoo

              • Yes memories are wonderful, once the first pain of grief has passed you can think of the happy times, you can never get over the loss just learn to live with it and I’m sure Lucky had a wonderful life with you.

              • Ruth, hope you get this…what you said is so. Lately, I stretch my arms up high in the dark, after looking for her in her favorite spot. I stretch my arms up to the heavens! and if I have to do this for the rest of my life, so be it! xxoo

          • I’m so sorry about losing your oldest cat, Caroline.
            For me, it doesn’t matter if one of mine is 20 years or 20 months, I never feel that I’ve had enough time with them.

        • Maggots will eat anything that is viable. Living tissue. And what most don’t realise is that they have a voracious need for anything that is infected, as long as it is living. 🙁 You and I know this.

          • This is exactly why they are, technically speaking one of the greatest things here. Anything that can recycle the crap we leave behind is a good thing.

            • I know that scientifically, they do not eat living tissue. And when applied within a controlled environment, they behave awesomely, performing just exceedingly well.

            • I wonder if we’ve got engineers working on fly/maggot bots that break down plastics and such…wouldn’t that be great?

          • I’m certain that you are right, Caroline.
            Many years ago, a homeless man was brought into our emergency room with a huge, deep, gaping wound in his groin area that was filled with maggots.
            When the wound was washed and the maggots gone, it was the cleanest wound I had ever seen. Those maggots did a bang up job ridding it of debris.

            • Thank you for the kind words regarding Luck. I just wish -was thinking about it for years- that I had had a camera to use for taking images of that sweet, innocent, vibrant face. She’s a tortie; not chimeraed, but still had a beautiful long orange streak down the center of her nose. She was such a dope! <3 Huge, golden eyes, her face always alert and youthful, quite poignantly pointed 🙂 lol!

              Housefly maggots disgust me, een though they are practically used in treating infected wounds in humans. I do however have a fondness for Drosophila maggots, as I love their adult stage, and used to have so much fun in biology classes, breeding and studying their cute little feet and faces. 😉 In fact, still love to have them in the kitchen, flying above the overripe fruit that I forget to use.

      • Maggots can actually do some good 😉 They eat dead flesh and in the war-I think it was the First World War-maggots were placed on soldier’s wounds to eat away the dead flesh and help the wound heal more quickly! It sounds gruesome but apparently it can be effective. I’m not actually sure whether maggots are still used today in some hospitals.

        • They are being used again in some hospitals here, both university hospitals and other well-known research-heavy hospitals. What do you think? I think the use of maggots in these medical settings has cycles, surges, in practice. You mentioned WWI application. I can only imagine that they’ve been employed for millenia to treat infected wounds. lol. The smell is very difficult to take, but then, so are the putrification odors. ooh, enough said from this end. 😉

    • I have a feeling that a lot of spammers live in Asia. I don’t know why that’s my gut feeling. They only get paid peanuts but peanuts in numbers can keep a person alive in Asia.

  3. We had no idea of these spammers that you block. It seems that that they are indeed a breed of sociopaths. This is very sad. You should not have to deal with this on your website. It doesn’t say much for the public who waste their time on loving, caring, genuine sites concerned with the welfare of our animals, does it. grrrrr!

    • You get used to it as a person who runs a website and you can tell immediately when a comment is a spam comment. They are all the same sort of comment: very bland, irrelevant, stupid, often bad wording and bad grammar with the inevitable link. Sometimes, quite often actually, the spammer praises your website and says how wonderful you are in the hope that you will allow their spammy comment. Don’t worry though because it isn’t really a problem any more as it is controllable

  4. This is very interesting. I had no idea PoC had so many spammers and trolls!
    The facebook anti declaw groups Babz and I run or help admin, have a lot of spammers and the UK pension age protest group we run has even more. We’ve had to make that one so that only an admin can allow people to join. Every day we get requests from strange sounding names but on facebook we can look up their profiles and 9 times out of 10 it’s a male profile with no comments on but with a woman flashing her bosoms lol
    I don’t think any of us realise how hard you work at keeping PoC a pleasant and safe place to come to, thank you Michael for doing that.

    • No problem, Ruth. I try and keep the admin side of things to a minimum and rely on software to help me through the day-to-day tasks. I think it’s just typical of the Internet these days that websites have to put up with spammers and trolls. I think you will find that the reason why quite a few websites do not allow comments is because of the people I’m referring to. There are an awful lot of bad people out there if one is honest.

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