The Montgomery County, MD Green Party just upgraded to the latest version of WordPress, and they are quite happy about the anti-spam feature that they discovered inside.
Heh. They ain’t seen nothing yet.
I get about a hundred comment and trackback spams a week. I know there are others who get a lot more, so it doesn’t bother me too much. And I know that a lot of these comment spams and stupid pings are automated, but I just have to laugh nonetheless.
Anyone dumb enough to spam a spam site deserves what they are getting. And what they are getting is added to a blacklist, and I pull no punches. Even if I only cleaned them up once a month, everything is moderated, so all the spams are useless until I get around to trashing them. And even if I never trashed them (which I only do to keep the database clean), Spamroll runs “no follow” anyway.
In summary: To all you spammers, you are just wasting your time (and really not wasting much of mine, as it only takes about five minutes per week to make you disappear).
Well you are not alone. Even big Typepad bloggers like Seth Godin are now getting hit, as the spammers have found a way around the “no follow” implementation on the service.
Spamroll gets trackback spammed on a regular basis, but while “no follow” is ever present and running, I still take the time to clean up the garbage, in bulk, fairly often. Of course, every time I do so, I wonder why anyone with their head screwed on straight would ever want to spam such a good for nothing site anyway! He he.
Movable Type has a new version of their blog software now in beta. Included in the latest feature set are a variety of admin tools, and a new comment/trackback spam filtering system. The new spam enhancements are supposed to work like traditional Bayesian spam filters, scoring comments and trackbacks according to relevance, and dropping the garbage into a junk folder.
I’ll send over a report after testing, post-beta of course.
It seems the blogging community is trying to “fight” back in the comment spam battle. There is a concerted effort in progress to increase the Google PageRank of Wikipedia for the term “online poker.” Somehow, bloggers feel if they can increase Wikipedia’s PageRank, that the spamming of their blogs will stop.
Is this a viable effort, or a show of infantile force? I think there are several issues at hand here.