October 15, 2003
Referer spam

I had the pleasure of having dinner with Heiko Hebig the other night. Today, his most recent posting about "suspicious Google referers" led me to make minor tweaks to my individual archive templates to hopefully cut back on the comment-spam I've seen recently. If you're a seller of viagra, casino services, p0rn or any other product, don't bother posting your comments here; I will delete them (sometimes I'll get real angry and come to your house and post your mailbox full of AOL CDs too). Umm. the latter was a joke, the former wasn't.

I'm also considering various comment spam blacklist solutions / other mechanisms I've seen recently.

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i'm getting frustrated with the rise in spam on my blog as well. i'm going to try implementing some of the solutions, but if this starts taking a lot of time to maintain, i may implement log-in only commenting. i've been getting more spam comments than real comments lately.. so annoying.

there's an article in USA Today about spam reaching us through phones, email, faxes, IM, and cell phones. they didn't mention blogs. i do feel bombarded sometimes. can someone just unplug me?

Posted by: eliot on October 16, 2003 04:21 AM

Eliot - I think we're seeing the rise and (starting) fall (hopefully not!) of social software if we don't work this one out... I had 20 commnts over the weekend: 1 genuine and 19 spams...

Posted by: Anders on October 16, 2003 11:24 AM

Thanks, Christoph, I'm indeed using MT Blacklist now with great success :-)

Anders

Posted by: Anders on December 22, 2003 09:51 AM

Try this one for controling referer spammers. http://www.thetopsites.net/referer_spam/

Posted by: Nick on August 20, 2005 01:58 PM
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