Four Layers

I am no longer griping about the massive amounts of comment spam I receive; I now have four layers to my comment spam defense.

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.

That’s progress.

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.

Then, of course, Google takes a dim view to comment spam altogether. But, I don’t think these people are smart enough to comprehend a document like this, let alone take the time to read it.

My comment spams are down — for now. More changes are on the way.

We now return you to your regularly-scheduled programming.


  • by Tina 19 Jun 2005 at 6:42 pm

    Eric Meyer also has a nice little spam barrier that at least cuts down on automated spam (the bulk of all spam out there). It’s called WP Gatekeeper. It throws up a simple challenge (Eric uses the question “What color is an orange?”) that the commenter needs to answer.

  • by Will 19 Jun 2005 at 7:02 pm

    I know. I’m aware of it. I also, some months ago, discussed with Eric possible permutations of his plug-in. Eventually, I will move to Gatekeeper with one or two other tools, but not until I upgrade to WordPress 1.5.

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