This is a request – what does it matter ?
Referer spam is one of the latest things to be assailing blogs and there are plugins to cope with it, .htaccess rules to be used, logs to be examined, headers to be analysed and probably other stuff too. Now …. I’m not belittling any work that people have done, and I’m not having any sort of go at people who are clever enough to track all this stuff and put up the barriers, but … what does it matter ? For example, on this domain there are no stats visible to you or any bots. None. I have bandwidth to cope with these referers (I think I do anyway – how much are they costing me ?). Assuming I have no other protection, then why should I take steps to protect myself ? If I do will it stop it ? Will anything stop it ?
Is there something more out there other than a “This is bad so stop it” guide ?
Comment spam hurt people, so they acted – when protection became available, they used it. But referer spam ? If it doesn’t hurt, it’s not going to be fixed is it ? So why do we need to fix it ?
If you know lots about this, don’t resist any urge to blog about it :)