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November 07, 2003

spam killed moockblog comments

sadly, this blog has become a target of heavy spamming. after reading quite a bit about antispam options for movable type (the software this blog runs on), i've decided simply to disable comments on all future blog entries. it's unfortunate, but i'm just too annoyed to put up with the bullshit of installing partially working scripts and hacks that try to prevent BUY VIAGRA from appearing in this blog. six apart (makers of movable type) claim to be working on integrating antispam features into the movable type core. i'll keep an eye on that, and upgrade if and when the antispam features look like they're working.

anyway, congratulations spammers, you have killed this community! ah, human culture makes such an interesting study...

if you're curious about blog spam, visit this new antispam info blog.

Posted by moock at November 7, 2003 11:10 AM

I wonder if JournURL cleans their own ads out of comments. You're not part of the solution if you are part of the problem.

Posted by: Robin Debreuil at November 7, 2003 08:47 PM

We turned off comments on all posts for a while. Recently, I turned them back on for recent posts. So, now we don't get a bunch of spam on old posts anymore.

We toyed with putting links to threads in our forums, but that left out legitimate comments from unregistered visitors, and was too much work.

The problem is that we have two types of spammers on blog comments: trolls and pros. Both have to be dealt with differently.

Posted by: Kristin Henry at November 7, 2003 04:49 PM

Rather than shut off your comments entirely, you might consider using managed comment services.

For example, I've got something I call ping2talk up and running. When you post a new entry to your MT-powered blog, you can have it call the ping2talk interface... that will automatically create a new discussion thread within JournURL's MXBlogspace community, and JournURL will immediately send a Trackback to your new entry with a link to the discussion. It's a set-it-up-and-forget-it kind of thing.

And since JournURL staff monitors all conversation and does the spam killing, you don't need to do anything yourself.


Posted by: Roger Benningfield at November 7, 2003 03:49 PM

Hey man. I just went through exactly the same thing, and also considered shutting down my comments because of spam. Instead, I came up with a couple of patches that seem to be doing the trick. Today is the first day in 2 weeks that I've had less than 15 spams - I only had 2, both manual - and it took me less than a minute to deal with them.

You can check out my approaches here:

Comments are a valuable form of expression, and I'm willing to do a bit of work to preserve them, but depending on your volume of spam, the time requirements to deal with even just the manual spam may be too great.


Posted by: Grant Skinner at November 7, 2003 01:16 PM

Hmm! That leaves us to the fact that we have to wait and watch.

Posted by: Brajeshwar at November 7, 2003 01:14 PM

whoo! phfew! sad news!
I am just profiting of my last chance to publish! ;)

Posted by: cedric at November 7, 2003 12:51 PM

MT sucks!

Posted by: test at November 7, 2003 12:50 PM