November 25, 2002
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 126.96.36.199)
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.
Yup, got the same from 188.8.131.52 .. he's banned now. A complaint has been sent to his upstream provider.
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...
Q: "are you sure you're not him?"
A: I certainly am not, but it's getting freakily coincidental at this stage...
I've gotten spam on my own site for ZipCodeWorld.com; 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.
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.
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.
nice blog, look at junkeater.com for a spam free blog.
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.
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