Comments please!

I am getting around 300 comment spams per day here.

I have tried all sorts of things to keep these evil cretins at bay, they all work for a few days at most.

Now I’m trying something different.

MANY comments will get automatically eaten – they won’t even make the moderation queue – if they contain popular porn words, or the names of pharmaceuticals commonly sold over the net.

So, a word of warning for posters: don’t use those words and you should generally be ok.

BUT if your comment does not appear immediately, or say it is held for moderation, please use the back button in you browser and email me your comment so I can find what word has trigger the comment-eating-monster, and I’ll post it and try and tweak things up as well.

Sorry… thanks for your understanding.


EDIT: I installed Spam Karma 2, and it found the legit comments that had previously been auto-eaten! And it seems to do a good job of identifying and quarantining spam, and has a nice interface to review it and bulk delete it. Now I just have to figure out how to tune it a bit better.


I’m suprised.. I’m finding that akismet works just fine for me..


Comment by Duncan Margetts | March 27th, 2007 10:06 pm | Permalink

I get around 100 spam per day, but Akismet catches all but about 1 in 1000.

Comment by Darren | March 28th, 2007 10:43 am | Permalink

I had some cases where Akismet would let things through. Sure, they go into the moderation queue, but that still isn’t perfect because it requires my intervention then to delete them, separating them from the real comments.

I installed Spam Karma 2. I use it in conjunction with Akismet. Spam that is caught by Spam Karma 2 just goes into the Akismet bucket of caught spam. Since installing Spam Karma 2 about 6 months ago I’ve only had one spam comment get through. It has dozens of configuration options so you can wind it’s aggressiveness up or down as required.

Comment by Newman | March 28th, 2007 11:22 am | Permalink

Its not the ones it lets through that I’m worried about, its the ones that are legit comments that it grabs that I dont like.

It means I have to manually review everything it catches, and with 300 per day to review to find the one per week that it catches when it should not, I’m wasting a lot of time reviewing this junk.

I hate spammers.

Comment by Wally | March 28th, 2007 11:40 am | Permalink

The enemy of a good enough solution is a perfect solution :)

Sounds like you’re too focussed on catching the one false-positive spam comment :)

I guess when you only get 1 real comment a week its pretty important though ;)


Comment by Duncan Margetts | March 28th, 2007 11:58 am | Permalink

That’s weird. I’ve got a fairly persistent stoner who keeps trying to hijack my blog with ads for bongs and dope pipes, but apart from that I don’t get spam comments.

Comment by redcap | March 29th, 2007 9:21 pm | Permalink

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