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New Spam technique

22/06/2013

I don’t think its possible to prevent people from submitting a URL with the info required when submitting a comment. But, thats how the spammers are coping now. They know we block URLs inside comments, so now, they just put them in the information that WordPress requests before allowing a comment to the next stage.

I don’t get a massive amount of spam, but what I do get annoys the crap outta me. so… given that I get 90% spam and 10% genuine (or none), I’m actually going to insist that, for a while, if you want to comment, you need to be registered and logged in. Since most of the spam comments are likely submitted by bots, this *might* get round the problem. Unless the bots can bypass the registration. We shall see how it goes.

Its getting awfully tiresome.

Categories: Spam
  1. 05/07/2013 at 10:07 am | #1

    Spam is evil and WordPress seems to be a spam magnet. I’m using Disqus for comments now with another blog script and don’t have any more problems.

    • 05/07/2013 at 10:39 am | #2

      Is Disqus much better? I have an ID with them. You still self hosting? I have my hamarana.net located here too, because I gave up self hosting. Think about dropping the TLD again, I dont use the email for it anyway, just seems wasted. Which script?

  2. 05/07/2013 at 11:07 am | #3

    Still self hosting. I experienced bandwidth problems despite having fewer than 200 unique visitors a day, largely due to spam attacks. My host wanted me to switch to a VPS, but I can’t afford that, so I changed hosts, stopped using WordPress and rebuilt the site using Nibbleblog (no SQL, total size about 500kb).

    I use the domain for email as well, but run that through Google Apps.

    Disqus seems to be fine, no spam so far.

    • 25/07/2013 at 4:55 am | #4

      All good by the looks. I like the look of Nibbleblog, Might have a play on a free host if I can find one which allows more than 200mb space and php as well.

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