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Remember those days when you could have a guestbook on your website without any kind of filtering or protection whatsoever?

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@deshipu Not really, even as early as 2005 or so, you'd eventually get spam there.

@pony Little enough to delete manually, though. And it would mostly be manually posted too.

@deshipu I sure do. Also, I remember the times when I could have my private mail address on the web and use no spam filter.

@deshipu No, when I implemented my first guestbook/comment thing like 15 years ago, it was botted within a day. :P

@phryk How did you get the link to it out there so fast?

@phryk How did Google know about your server? They didn't scan DNS records and log DNS queries back then.

@deshipu Probably by dumb crawling like they did from 98? But honestly, no clue. I was like 15 years old and not exactly a forensics expert.

My priority at the time was implementing a captcha. :P

@deshipu no.

I put up my guest book in 1994 and immediately had to start deleting misogynist and homophobic abuse.

@sev I wonder how they knew about it so fast.

@deshipu there were category directories, then (yahoo.com was one of the early ones); you could find pages that were just lists of links to people. And we linked to each other, so if you found one of us you could find more.

Also I posted to usenet; it was a trivial thing to look at my email address & construct the url for my personal page, even before I started listing my url in my signature.

Even twenty years ago there were people trolling the internet looking for targets to abuse; they found us the same ways we found each other.

@sev Aah, USENET explains it. I'm still a bit shellshocked from the troll wars. Not a nice thing to have your website raided by those types.

@deshipu @sev
with the latest innovation in my guest book - the spammers and trolls were left behind. for now only people, but I guess the bots will come soon.