Comment Spam Filtering

Various rotting bastard spammers and their stupid spambots had recently discovered my weblog. In the last week, I have gone from one or two bits o’ comment spam a week to upwards of ten or so. As with all spam, I’m sure the trend will only be in the wrong direction.

Stupid asshats.

So, I have installed Spam Karma. We shall see. If you have any problems posting a comment (and aren’t a spammer :-), send me an email. (I long ago gave up hiding my email address).

Here is a business plan for someone:

Create a company that does nothing but create false business leads for the products advertised via spamming. Use offshore labor to ensure that “human element” is involved in the process.

Update: Wow. Just in time. 20+ spambot posts in less than an hour already today.



5 Responses to “Comment Spam Filtering”

  1. Joe Heck says:

    I hope this works well for you. I just turned off comments altogether, which I really didn’t want to do (nor did many of my friends who posted to my blog). I’ve been looking at WordPress and things like SpamKarma to re-enable that… so I figure I’ll watch here and see how you do.

    -joe

  2. bbum says:

    Hey! Someone was able to comment. So that, at least, is a good sign. I really want to leave comments enabled because I learn a huge amount from interacting with folks via comments. Especially when I’m wrong.

  3. n[ate]vw says:

    Has your copy of Aperture arrived yet? I’m eager to hear about it here, though I’ve only heard good from previewers so far.

  4. leeg says:

    Create a company that does nothing but create false business leads for the products advertised via spamming. Use offshore labor to ensure that “human element” is involved in the process.

    More money could probably be made writing software to automatically read those wibbly 1970s-style words you have to type in when submitting forms, so that spambots can do it too.
    Actually, I expect a Newton could already do it…

  5. Sveinbjorn Thordarson says:

    I had some issues with spambots in the past …

    The trick is to use your own custom commenting mechanism (just a simple CGI) instead of the standard MT or WordPress tuff, then require a comment password, ban all URIs from the comment body and strip all HTML. This way, I’ve *completely* eliminated all comment spam — the robots don’t know how to proceed.

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