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Spam comments and unwanted phone calls



SPAM COMMENTS
I hope I'm not tempting fate when I say I've seen a significant drop in the number of spam coments here on LJ in the last week. Kudos to those unsung heroes, the Oompah Loompahs of Live Journal, who no doubt labored away behind the scenes to fix the problem. Thanks, guys (and gals), your hard work is much appreciated.

UNWANTED PHONE CALLS
Speaking of unwanted comments. Ever since I registered as a business (for writing-related tax purposes), I've had about a dozen or more phone calls at home every day, all of them from telemarketers trying to sell me bank loans and merchant-related stuff. I like to think I'm an affable fellow, but I must say, they got quite irritating after a while - not least because a lot of them seem to think that ignoring my request to stop calling and simply ploughing along with their list of standard questions is somehow going to change my mind.

I'm delighted to to say I found a solution which (so far) seems to have put a stop to them. The National 'Do Not Call' Registry is a list of phone numbers which telemarketers are forbidden to call. Registration is free. I signed up the other day and since then, those pesky purveyors of products sold over-the-phone have almost completely left me alone. One merchant service did call last night, but when I mentioned the DNC registry and asked him to spell his company's name the man who called couldn't apologize enough and promised to update his records.

The DNC registry is free to join, if you're getting pestered with unwanted sales calls at home, I highly recommend signing up. 

If you're outside the US and there's something similar where you live, feel free to add a link to that site in the comments. I'll post it below.

Here's the link to The US 'Do Not Call' registry: https://www.donotcall.gov

 



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msstacy13
Feb. 8th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
But once the bleedingheartliberalsocialists take over,
they'll use that list to confiscate the telephones
of every--oh, wait, that's handgun registration...
jongibbs
Feb. 8th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
I wonder if the call ban covers soliciting donations for charities/political parties etc.
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peadarog
Feb. 8th, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
Do not call registries are a lifesaver...
jongibbs
Feb. 8th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
they are that!

What's the one for Ireland? I'll add a link to it in the main post.
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darkspires
Feb. 8th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
I usually tell them 'she' is not at home unless I am feeling really irritable, in which case I tell them 'I' am not at home. Tends to stop the babble stone cold.
jongibbs
Feb. 8th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
Lol, it would certainly confuse me.

Do they not have a registry in Canada?
lindaabdavis
Feb. 8th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link, Jon. Have registered. We also found out that if we stopped giving even small amounts to organizations of whatever type that the calls eventually stop coming. This however will stop the stragglers-on.
jongibbs
Feb. 8th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
I certainly hope so.
bogwitch64
Feb. 8th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
I've noticed a drop in spam comments. Last week and the week prior, they were RABID! This week--nary a one.
jongibbs
Feb. 8th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
I've had no more than half a dozen in the last ten days or so, and none at all since Friday :)
ysabetwordsmith
Feb. 8th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Hmm...
The spam is still running on my LJ. Hopefully it will drop soon. If it's in a foreign language I keep trying to translate it...
jongibbs
Feb. 8th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmm...
Hopefully, it will die down soon.
goadingthepen
Feb. 8th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
We were getting collection calls, for the longest time, from a company that would not believe that we weren't the ones they were looking for. It became entertaining after a while. I would announce my love for cheese quite excitedly and then invite them on a camping trip in the home and garden department of Walmart. I was sure to let them know that if they wanted a candy bar they would have to buy their own.
On other occasions, in perfect English I would tell them repeatedly, "I'm sorry I don't speak English." This completely frustrated them.
jongibbs
Feb. 8th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
Lol, good one :)
temporus
Feb. 8th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Funny you should say this Jon, I got another spam comment just this morning. This one in french. Bleh.
jongibbs
Feb. 8th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
Sacred Blue! as they say in France ;)
phoenixfirewolf
Feb. 8th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
I registered my cell phone with that :) Seems to work pretty good. ^.^

So, for tax purposes... would you recommend registering as a business as a writer? I know nothing about such things.
jongibbs
Feb. 8th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
I had to register so I could pay sales tax on the CDs and hopefully one day, print books) I sell.

I've no idea which forms and stuff I need to use for the federal return, but I imagine it'll make it easier to offset some of my conference costs etc. being official - though I'm only surmising.
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yolospat
Feb. 8th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the link!

jongibbs
Feb. 8th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, Jenny :)
snapes_angel
Feb. 9th, 2011 08:32 am (UTC)
I bookmarked the site, but I won't register till after I move in two short months, as my number cold conceivably change. Thanks!
jongibbs
Feb. 10th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, Elizabeth :)
fallenwitch
Feb. 10th, 2011 10:49 am (UTC)
This works great for us. However, nothing helps when your phone number is one digit away from the local Domino's Pizza. It gets even worse when they post your number instead of Domino's on a dorm bulletin board at the local college. *facepalm* We thought about changing our number, but that would have been more work than answering the calls. When we moved a few years ago, we waved goodbye to all those pizza request calls!
jongibbs
Feb. 10th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
I bet that was annoying.
maeve_the_red
Feb. 12th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Here in the UK we have the Telephone Preference Service: http://www.mpsonline.org.uk/tps/.

I've been registered with them for over a decade.
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