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2,000 Spams and Counting

Posted 2009.09.07 9.45 in Computers/Internet/Technology

About a month ago, I made some changes to the way comments work here. Formerly, a Captcha needed to be decyphered to post a comment, and then every comment needed to be approved. I was aware that this was a less-than-perfect way of handling things, but those effing spammers have made life difficult for folks wanting to run a clean wholesome interactive blog.

Spam, spam, spamAnyhow, back to the changes. I knew my system was imperfect but it took some reading before I decided it was time to make changes. I removed the Captcha completely, and replaced it with Akismet. I also changed the moderation method so that rather than every single comment requiring approval, only brand-new commenters would have to be approved. Returning readers would get the green-light automatically.

In that time, Akismet has blocked over 2,000 spams from appearing, with only a single spam comment getting through – and even then, it did not appear on the site, it went into the moderation queue as a new commenter.

Now that comment spam is being effectively blocked, I find that it doesn’t irritate me as much as it did before. It still annoys, and I hate spammers with the passion of a thousand firey nuns, but now when I look in the spam queue, I find sometimes I get a laugh at some of the BS that these bots and lowlifes ‘write’.