Getting a Little Tougher on Comment and Trackback Spam

Published on January 7, 2005 at 1:12 PM EST
In the Discussions category.

Over the past month or two, comment and Trackback spam has become a bigger issue for everybody. Six Apart even released the Guide to Comment Spam to help Movable Type users combat the problem. hasn’t been left out of the spam attacks. Today alone, MT-Blacklist has denied over 200 spams! A number of those, unfortunately, have gotten through—and not just today. For the past two weeks this site has gotten hammered daily. I’m getting tired of clicking “De-Spam” buttons.

So I added several Blacklist strings that have really helped. Strings like “poker,” “porn,” and “xxx,” to name just a few. (Many of the strings I added I’m not comfortable writing here.) Most comment and Trackback spam has at least one word or phrase I can add to the Blacklist without much concern that real comments will be denied.

I don’t know how helpful this will be for the long-term, but at least now it’s helping a lot.