After clearing out my comment spam filter on this site this morning, I decided it was time to attempt to curb the amount of spam this site is getting. In the first few months of this blog being around, I got around 1000 spam. As of today, the site’s up to about 100 comment spam per day. Which would be fine if it were all spam — but unfortunately I have to go through all that spam to make sure that there aren’t legitimate comments buried in there. This is a tedious task that I don’t really like doing.
While I can still remember my first spam comment I received (which was not as long ago as John Chow’s first spam comment), I knew that eventually, as this blog got more popular, spam would become a bigger and bigger problem. So my first step to combat spam is to introduce a challenge question (which I achieved by installing the WordPress Challenge plugin), which appears at the bottom of the comment box. The question is pretty simple — what year is it?
Hopefully this will reduce the spam comments and keep me from having to clean out the spam filter on a daily basis. If this one measure doesn’t stem the tide of spam, then there are some other measures I’ll try to reduce the junk that makes it into the filter (Akismet, WordPress’ native spam filter, is very good however at picking up spam comments, I’m just tired of cleaning out the filter). If you have problems, comments or questions about this new spam-fighting measure, leave a comment below. Thanks again for reading.
Update: The spam kept coming in — we’re now up to 1590 spam comments (if you’re keeping track, that’s 58 in the last few hours). I decided to take another step to block spam at its source by installing Bad Behaviour. So far, I haven’t had a single spam comment make it past Bad Behaviour, making it at the top of my list for ways I’d suggest to stop spam. I’ll keep you updated on how the battle with spam is going.
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