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Comment Spam

I’m almost at the stage of disabling comments for this blog. Spam has been getting worse weekly. I deleted about 15 comment spam this weekend. Anyone have a solution to this (other than disabling comments)?

7 Comments

  1. Deane wrote:

    Adam Kalsey over at Kalsey.com is on a personal mission against comment spam. See:

    http://www.gadgetopia.com/2003/09/18/PreventingCommentSpam.html
    http://www.gadgetopia.com/2003/09/03/BlogCommentSpam.html

    Monday, September 29, 2003 at 4:00 pm | Permalink
  2. Doug wrote:

    I use an .htaccess file to ban IP addresses.

    Another option might be to close comments on entries older than a certain amount of time. Maybe there is a plugin that does that at mtplugins.org

    Yet another option, that I think would be best to address this problem, but would be difficult to do, would be to disable the comments for people who came to an entry via Google or another search engine.

    Actually maybe it wouldn’t be hard to do with Javascript. Add a little javascript before the comment form starts in the template that checks the referrer. Something like:

    <script language=”Javascript”>
    &lt!–
    if (document.referrer && document.referrer.indexOf(“http://www.google.”) != -1)
    {
    document.write(‘your form here? maybe you’d have to paste it all as one line?’);
    }
    //–>
    </script>

    If the comment spam is caused mostly by bots though, this isn’t good enough. Maybe the Movabletype people will include some comment-spam-proofing in a future version.

    Monday, September 29, 2003 at 5:29 pm | Permalink
  3. Doug wrote:

    Sorry, add an “} else {” before the document.write

    Monday, September 29, 2003 at 5:33 pm | Permalink
  4. Jay Allen wrote:

    Try this:

    The full version and the short version.

    Monday, September 29, 2003 at 10:02 pm | Permalink
  5. Comment Cruft

    I’ve been slightly annoyed recently by the minor outbreak of inane comments posted by the intellectually inept who wind their way to some years old post via a search engine. Comments of this nature tend to be more annoying than…

    Monday, September 29, 2003 at 10:22 pm | Permalink
  6. Comment Cruft

    I’ve been slightly annoyed recently by the minor outbreak of inane comments posted by the intellectually inept who wind their way to some years old post via a search engine. Comments of this nature tend to be more annoying than…

    Monday, September 29, 2003 at 10:22 pm | Permalink
  7. charlie wrote:

    re: try this

    No doubt. We get zero comment spam on Kairosnews since someone has to go to the trouble of registering and logging back in. And our system allows us to block a user. And since the registration system only allows one registration per email address, I think that a blocked user would eventually be discouraged from continuing to get a new email address and then registering again. Too many easy targets out there without registration.

    Ready now to switch to Drupal (lol).

    Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 12:22 pm | Permalink