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Blog Spam is a Pain

Blog spam has started to find its way into my moderation queue again. To help cut down on the amount of junk I have to delete by hand I added ringtone to my kill list. So if you want to make sure your comment is never seen, toss ringtone in it and it will be gone.

9 thoughts on “Blog Spam is a Pain

  1. Jason Sweat

    How about r|ngt0ne ? πŸ™‚

    I just cleared out my queue a day or so ago and I already see over 130 SPAMS ready for the bit bucket πŸ™

  2. Travis Swicegood

    Guys… just drop WP and start using b2evolution you’ll be set. πŸ™‚ Seriously, I think it’s got one of the better spam catchers. Set it up to poll for an update to the anti-spam list once an hour (requires a cron job and wget or some other command line browser, but nothing too difficult) and you should catch the bulk of it. If you get hit first, when you tell b2e to kill it you’re letting all the other blogs know what’s happening too.

    Now if the interface was just as pretty as WP.

  3. Aaron Wormus

    I usually put the domains or unique parts of the domains in the kill list, it isn’t as effective, but usually works.

    I have a VERY extensive kill list which blocks at least a couple hundred blog spams a day… if you want it drop me an email πŸ™‚

  4. Joshua Eichorn Post author

    Jason: odd isn’t, that even though no spam ever gets onto the site they don’t stop.

    Travis: Look around the site, custom templates, integration pieces with external pages, there is no upgrade thats worth it unless everything is just going to work, and I b2evolution and wordpress might be related but they are much to distance to help me in that case.

    Luca: Bad Behavior does look interesting, it would make sense that all this spamming comes from the same couple bots.

    Aaron: I’m going to try Bad Behavior first but if that doesn’t work i’ll ask for your list

  5. Amit Gupta

    Travis Swicegood:

    Guys… just drop WP and start using b2evolution you’ll be set. πŸ™‚ Seriously, I think it’s got one of the better spam catchers.

    well, if you just want out-of-box protection, then this is not for you, else there’s Spam Karma 2 which has almost 100% success rate!! πŸ™‚

  6. jim plush

    I started getting alot and found that these 3 things cut it down to 0

    1. track referers and filter out ips/hostnames propogating the spam (alot are dumbenough to be obvious)

    2. put a captcha image in the form submission

    3. don’t allow any links to be published automatically

  7. Joshua Eichorn Post author

    Jim: what do you use for #1, seems like it would be a lot of work to do that by hand.

    I don’t like captcha so i’d like to avoid them if possible, they always take me 2 or 3 tries to get right.

    And I already pretty much do #3 no spam has failed to be moderated i just don’t like have a queue full of it.