The first is Tar Pit, a lovely little device that slows spammers down and eventually bans them from the site. Lovely.
Layer two is, of course, comment moderation: it’s always on. I will not reveal layers three and four, since I don’t want to give away the keys to the kingdom. They are new, freshly installed, and have cut my comment spam rate from 60 – 90 spam comments per day to less than 1 per day.
It’s sad that we have to resort to multi-level defenses to prevent these RCI’s from trying to sap our bandwidth; I’d much rather be writing than playing with my software.
Don’t these idiots understand that the more they weigh us down with comment spam, the less good it does them? It’s a strict law of diminishing returns: the more time you take from a blogger to make him or her remove the spam means the less time they have to write. The less we write, the lower our page ranks. The lower our page ranks, the less effective comment spam becomes.
My comment spams are down — for now. More changes are on the way.
We now return you to your regularly-scheduled programming.