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Created Wed 21 Jun 06 - 3:08 by Mithandir in category Misc

I hate spam.

The Chasing the Sunset site, and especially those areas running the WillowCMS system (like this blog and my picture gallery) are under a rather viscious spam attack. WillowCMS has some contra-measures to make spammers life at least a bit difficult, but they are proving insufficient. It's so annoying ...

To give you an idea, Willow's blacklisting is blocking over 100 spam comments a day coming from over 90 different IP addresses. Another 10-40 or so are deleted manually by my, also on a daily basis.

The problem is that quite a few of them are proving to be impossible to block using trasnparant means. "Transparant" in this case means ways that don't bother normal commentors and are mainly hidden keys and blacklisting.
I can't use ip blacklisting, because they use zombie networks. Nearly every comment is from a completely different ip address.
I can't use content blacklisting agsint many either, because their content either a) does not contain anything blockable (they just leave a comment with "nice site" and a link to some company site, often using link forwarder services)) or b) is not consistant enough to block (we get spam for matrasses, baby clothes, etc etc, we can't block all of that) or c) advertises something that people might want to talk about in the blog (we get some spam for bookstores).

Now of course I don't need to tell you not to follow the links in such spam. You know that people who use such unethical advertising are bound to have very very low standards in every part of their business. That's not their aim, they just want to use this site to increase their google ranking. this doesn't work, of course, since I add a nofollow to every link in comments, but they don't know that (heck, they try to use wiki or bbcode tags).

Anyway ... it's looking like I may need to step away from the transparant means and introduce a form of captcha. If I do, I'll try to make it one that is not too annoying.


EliahPhosI've seen the "type what you see in this image" method used effectively. It's not really annoying or inconvenient and very simple. I dunno if you're able to impliment that, but that's my suggestion.