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Spam lands Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh in trouble

It was a surprise this morning to see an article on Deccan Herald which seems to add so much to the strengthening notion that people writing in media still do not cross check their Internet findings. Not that I'm a big fan of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh, or that I have any interest in political stuff surrounding it. But take this: a website called sangh.com is linked by rss.org to what it calls the "media" section. Sangh.com, running on an apparently old version of PHPNuke (which says a lot that the website has long been neglected from its maintainers) has cartload of spam linking to adult sites. The journalist has taken this spam into note, has considered it legitimate content to churn up a story. I guess if someone had told them beforehand that it is spam that the journalist is talking about, the article probably wouldn't have gone into print. The story makes no sense whatsoever to people who realize that it is spam that the journalist is referring to. The spam situation is at its worst on websites running on content management systems when anonymous comments are allowed, comments aren't moderated and captchas, checks are disabled. And with open source content management systems, old versions are like inviting spam. But the article still has a comic side to it. For those with good humor, it could bring in a laugh or smile.

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