I've noted with some sadness that we've been hit with "referral spam" here at the blog. For those of you who don't know, referral spam is caused when other sites, generally criminal ones, make it appear that they have linked to your blog in the hopes that you'll click on the analytics to see who they are and why they linked. Then they try to sell you something, scam you, or infect your computer.
Most of these sites come out of Russia or the Russian-controlled portion of Ukraine, two places which apparently lack the pride to stop criminal activities in their territories. They jam up your analytics, making it impossible to tell who is reading your blog, or, in the case of commercial blogs, who your customers really are. They make the net less fun and less useful. If you get one of them, you'll find yourself on a list somewhere and you'll get thousands. That's where we are now, and it's frustrating.
Hey, Putin! Clean up your mess.