Our weblog has been hit very hard in the last week with comment spam. This is the worst attack in the weblog’s two years, with nearly 300 comment spam in the last seven days. As a result, we are temporarily shutting off comments until we decide on a viable solution.
We are using pMachine 2.3 to publish this weblog. And while we love it, the developers have yet to seriously address this problem (though they claim to be working on it. pMachine has IP banning, which is worthless. It seems like every time we ban some IPs, it just increases the level of comment spam. We’d love to see them develop something like Movable Type’s Blacklist or perhaps CAPTCHA.
We have been unable to settle on a decent solution, other than requiring user registration, which is what Henry over at Blogads is doing. While we loathe registration, this may be our only viable option. Argh! There is a force comment preview hack, which we may try. Many claim it works nicely. And we’ll cross our fingers that pMachine delivers a solution soon. If you have any suggestions, drop us a line.
Meanwhile, here’s a juvenile message for the spammers of the world.
Okay, we feel a little better now. Just a little…
Hey, did you find a way to beat the idiots who send spam? I’m having a similar problem with the feedback form on my website. Comments are cool, I’m using CCode and TCode, have no comment spam since installing it on my MT blog. But the form is another story. Sick of the scumbags and had to retire it.
We haven’t found a great solution yet. The CAPTCHA at the bottom has helped somewhat.
We’ve also started reviewing every comment so we can quickly delete spam.
Neither of these are good long-term solutions.
Let us know if you find anything.