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Tadpoles Behaving Badly and a Performance Review

April 27th, 2009 · 10 Comments · Random Stuff

This week I’m taking a break from writing about trade show marketing in order to catch up on a few loose ends. In this post I’ll update on our tadpoles, talk about the Bad Behavior plugin to fight spam, and end with a rather humorous performance review I recently saw.

Tadpoles: Our tadpoles are doing well. They are not behaving badly. I just thought the post title had a ring to it, but the tadpoles have nothing to do with the Bad Behaviour plugin (discussed next). We’ve had our tadpoles for about four weeks now. We’ve been doing partial water changes and adding more moss on a regular basis, and the little fellas are doing great. A few days ago, they started sprouting their rear legs. As I understand it, the rear legs will grow, and then they’ll sprout their front legs and start breathing air (with their new lungs) instead of water (with their disappearing gills). We’ve got a big rock in and above the water that they’ll be able to climb onto so they don’t drown (which happened to our friend’s tadpoles last year, according to our friend). This is our first time “raising” tadpoles, and I have to say it is fascinating.

Bad Behaviour: About three weeks ago I saw the amount of spam in my Akismet folder really take off. This is a pain because I like to review the Akismet folder for the occasional good comment that gets in there by mistake (false positive?), but I don’t like wading through the stupid spam. Anyway, Bad Behavior blocks “bad people” (ip addresses) from even accessing your blog. So far it has worked wonders. My spam is back down to 1 or 2 every couple of days. I just checked, and Bad Behavior says it has blocked 432 attempts in the last 7 days. I don’t know if any good people are getting blocked, but it seems that my “regulars” are still getting through. Anyway, I highly recommend the Bad Behavior plug in.

And finally, I thought I’d end with a rather humorous performance review I saw for a mister Jim Jones…

Performance Review – Jim Jones

1 Jim Jones, my marketing assistant, can always be found

2 working hard at his desk. He works independently, without

3 wasting company time talking to colleagues. Jim never

4 thinks twice about helping out fellow employees, and always

5 f inishes given assignments on time. He often takes extended

6 measures to complete his work, sometimes skipping coffee

7 breaks. Jim is a dedicated individual who has absolutely no

8 vanity in spite of his high accomplishments and profound

9 knowledge in his field. I firmly believe that Jim can be

10 classed as an asset employee, the type which cannot be

11 dispensed with. Consequently, I recommend that Jim be

12 promoted to executive management, and a proposal will be

13 executed as soon as possible.

Addendum: That idiot (Jim) was standing behind me looking over my shoulder while I wrote the report sent to you earlier today. Kindly re-read only the odd numbered lines.


10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tim // Apr 27, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Well! How are you supposed to reach the high spam requirements for our exclusive club if you don’t let the darned things get through 🙂
    That wacky Jim Jones. He sounds like an ideal employee.
    If your tadpoles start drowning, it’s probably because they don’t have the Climb On The Rock plugin installed in the correct folder. Move it to the folder marked self preservation and its a done deal. Once they run the latest lung upgrade program their operating systems will be state of the art Amphibian 3.8 .

  • 2 Brian D. Hawkins // Apr 28, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Thanks for the Bad Behaviour review. I’ve already downloaded it. I just need to upload and activate on each blog. I’m hoping to ease some of the manual IP blocking I’ve been doing. I seem to get several IPs posting many times over just minutes apart. I even get identical posts from the same IPs on several of my blogs. I seem to be on a list or something.

  • 3 JD at I Do Things // Apr 28, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I’ve heard of Bad Behavior but never really knew how it was different from Akismet (which I use). Lately, Akismet has been working fine for me, but there have been times when I’ve had, like, 45 pages of spam comments. So I might be looking into Bad Behavior at some point (but probably not tadpoles).

  • 4 The Trade Show Guru // Apr 28, 2009 at 10:43 am

    @Tim, too funny. Way too funny. You are hilarious as usual. I’ll let the tadpoles know on that plug-in. As to the “I got 10,000 spam comments on my blog club”, that’s a club I don’t mind skipping. 🙂 ~ Steve
    @Brian, I’m happy with Bad Behavior. I’ll be interested to see how it works for you. ~ Steve
    @JD, 45 pages in your Akismet folder? Wow! If you just delete and don’t wade through them, it’s no big deal, but if you do like to look through them, Bad Behavior will probably get rid of 95% of the obvious spam and make reviewing the rest a lot faster. As I wrote, the difference and why I think it’s awesome to use the two together, is Bad Behavior blocks most of the spammers from even coming to your blog, and Akismet then catches most of the riff-raff that are able to sneak by. ~ Steve

  • 5 Will // Apr 29, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    The title sure got my attention! You are having amazing success with the baby frogs. I hope you are taking lots of photos as the grow.

    I used to use Bad Behavior but felt it might be too aggressive. I now use the Simple Trackback Validation plugin and the Cookies for Comments plugin and spam is under control. And I do look as at least one or two valid comments a month get caught.

    I was saying to myself as I read that “what the heck is Steve drinking tonight”.. then I got to the addendum and had a good laugh. Thanks!

  • 6 The Trade Show Guru // Apr 30, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Hey Will,
    Yes, watching tadpoles grow is amazing. I never got the chance to do it as a kid myself, but that’s one of the the great thing about now being a parent with kids… I think I’m more into than my kids. 🙂
    I don’t know how aggressive Bad Behavior is. You still get through 🙂 along with my other regulars, and I still get a little spam. I shall have to see… ~ Steve

  • 7 Master of the Philippines // May 2, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I tried the bad behavior plugin and dumped it in favor of others because it WAS blocking some regulars. It blocked anyone who surfed anonymously and I don’t if it still does. Firefox 3.1 (or 3.5) will have that option built in and Chrome already does. If it blocks those folks then it can’t be good. Right now, I just use Akismet and WP-SpamFree and it seems to work very well.

    That may change in the future, but I try not to think about it too much. The last ditch effort is to moderate all comments.

  • 8 The Trade Show Guru // May 4, 2009 at 11:17 am

    hey RT,
    What kind of “regulars” to do you have? 🙂
    I think I’m going to stick with Bad Behavior for now, though it’s disconcerting that everyone that has tried it (and has commented here) has decided not to use it. I’ll put on my list to consider WP-SpamFree instead.
    Thanks for mentioning that Firefox may allow “incognito” surfing in the future. I’ll be sure to check that out. ~ Steve

  • 9 Todd Morris // May 4, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Steve,

    I have bad behavior installed on a couple of my blogs. I must have needed it, on one blog, it says it’s blocked almost 800 attempts in the past week.

    As for people not getting through …

    I don’t know if I’ve had that problem, nobody has contacted me. But the so far, the people who I want to interact with seem to still be there, so it’s all good.

    As for the tadpoles … that brings back memories, way back when I was 6 or 7, I was very into that sort of thing. My friends and I collected bugs, lizards, fish, tadpoles, etc. We even had books, and knew the names of all their various body parts. Your kids are lucky. lol, but I’d be just like you … probably more excited about it than the “real” kids. 🙂


  • 10 The Trade Show Guru // May 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Hey Todd,
    I have “Bad Behavior” envy… my blog has only had 384 attempts blocked in the last week, not 800 like you. 🙂
    I caught a lot of “blue belly” lizards when I was a kid, but I missed out on tadpoles experience. Good thing there are “second childhoods”. 🙂 ~ Steve

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