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About Me

PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines in the '90s. Then wrote tech commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and others you never heard of. Then I built operations software at a photography school. Then I helped big media serve 40 million pages a day. Then I worked on a translation services API doing millions of dollars of business. Now I'm building the core platform of a global startup accelerator. Feel free to email me.


I co-wrote "Python Web Development with Django". It was the first book to cover the long-awaited Django 1.0. Published by Addison-Wesley and still in print!


Built using Django, served with gunicorn and nginx. The database is SQLite. Hosted on a FreeBSD VPS at Johncompanies.com. Comment-spam protection by Akismet.


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Stuff I Use

Bitbucket, Debian Linux, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, macOS, Markdown, Mercurial, Python, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, xmonad

Spam Report

At least 237138 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

Spam, del.icio.us spam

Like every other web site/service/app/community/thingy that allows individual user contributions, there's spam on Delicious too. The perp I came across today was "mcloan" -- check the page out for yourself -- and there are many more. Fred Stutzman has a good post on the subject, and I came across an exchange with naive Delicious spammers on Brian Dear's weblog from last year.

But what's Delicious/Yahoo doing about this? Where's the Craigslist-style "flag this user as a spammer" button?

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006
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Comment from Fazal Majid , later that day

I asked them the same question in April, the official method to report a spammer is to send them an email to support@del.icio.us. A Craigslist-style approach would be much more manageable, of course.

Comment from Paul , later that day

Thanks, Fazal -- I sent in a report.

Comment from Paul , later that day

And I got a reply about three hours later, saying "That does look like spam, and we're taking care of it now." Not gone yet though.

Comment from Man , 2 years later

I don't think delicious take spam seriously at all.

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