Comment Spam Deluge

spam1a.jpgWe’ve been receiving a deluge of comment spam recently, and we’re in the process of experimenting with using more aggressive settings on our junk comment filters. If your comment doesn’t appear after you go to post it, please let the author of the post know so it can be fished out of our junk comment bin.

Spam is a technological rat race, and sadly, the bad rats seem to be winning lately. SiliconBeat reports that Russian spammers have attacked the anti-spam company Blue Security to the point where it has been forced to shut down. We beat the Russians in the Cold War; but we’re not faring as well against them in the Spam War.

Anyway, we’re raising our defenses, and we hope that this won’t have effects on legitimate comments. Please let us know if it does.

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4 Responses

  1. This deluge is one of the reasons I like my Lotus Notes/Domino blog template. One simple field and formula and for the time being I have gone from hundreds of spam messages a day to zero!

  2. Mike says:

    Have you considered requiring people to register with TypeKey first? Or what about keyword verification?

  3. Mike — These are some options we’ll be thinking about. Raising the junk score threshold is the quickest and easiest fix for now.

  4. Cathy says:

    I just installed this MT plugin:

    So far I think it’s working, but my ISP set-up is so weak it’s hard to tell if it’s helped with the server load.