November 25, 2002
Blog comment-spam

Comment-spam has been mentioned before, and now "Joe" has hit my blog in a rather amateurish way, advertising

by posting slightly "personalized" comments on two seemingly random posts in my blog.

I'll remove the comments; no googlejuice from me, Joe. Others - be warned! (In case you want to block Joe, his IP Address is/was

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The bastard did the same thing to me so I contacted his ISP.

Check it out

Posted by: Jake on November 25, 2002 08:23 PM

And charmingly enough, when he did it to me, my access log shows that he came in from a Google search for things that link to you.

Posted by: Phil Ringnalda on November 25, 2002 08:36 PM

Phil - that's a weird one! Could someone be looking for revenge, I wonder (even when I was nice and didn't publish his name and phone numbers!!)... ? :

Posted by: andersja on November 25, 2002 08:39 PM

Yup, got the same from .. he's banned now. A complaint has been sent to his upstream provider.

Posted by: Mean Dean on December 2, 2002 08:19 PM

Oops, I forgot to ban the IP the last time. This time's moderately amusing "personalized" comment text was a quote of the last paragraph from two comments up; too bad it was my comment, so it sounded way too familiar to me. And again he came in from a link to you search, seconds before I got a referral from your comment on someone else's blog linking to me - are you sure you're not him?

Though since he's apparently in the same state as me, and thus a long way away from you, maybe I'm him, spamming myself to throw people off track...

Posted by: Phil Ringnalda on December 2, 2002 09:13 PM

Q: "are you sure you're not him?"

A: I certainly am not, but it's getting freakily coincidental at this stage...


Posted by: andersja on December 3, 2002 04:00 PM

I've gotten spam on my own site for; though I didn't report them to authorities, thinking that the spammer would be clueless enough to spam other bloggers as well, I did mention them by name to shame them, heh.

Posted by: codeman38 on April 15, 2003 02:47 PM

One of the most effective ways of getting rid of spam is to disallow any URLs in postings, by disabling HTML in the post and removing the URL from the form (the latter is important so that spammers see at a glance they have no chance. You should also write in big letters that URLs in the post are disabled).

This won't stop spam overnight, but eventually it will quite effectively.

Posted by: ed on October 21, 2003 07:14 AM

I hear people have been having good luck with bayesian filtering. Works great on email, so I assume it would be pretty good for comments as well.

Posted by: homer jay on November 25, 2003 08:56 PM

nice blog

Posted by: Esoterik on January 24, 2004 04:17 PM

nice blog, look at for a spam free blog.

Posted by: darlehen on January 24, 2004 07:12 PM

i wonder how much of the comment spam problem has to do with the ubiquity of movable type. i've only gotten a handful of comment spams. i've gotten more random comments on old entries that the less clueless stumble upon via searches.

Posted by: mercefina on February 23, 2004 02:00 AM
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