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Post details: Blog spam

Apr 30
Blog spam

As it starts to take over 5 minutes every day to attempt to remove all comment spam I receive on my weblog (like RealNitro), I added a new .htaccess rule to block the spammers if possible. Next to a referer check on post_comment.php, I denied access to everyone using pinappleproxy. I hope this doesnt cause too many issues for people visiting this (sub)domain...


Comment from: Peter [Member] Email
pinappleproxy??? WTF?

Can you post your modifications to post_comment.php too?
PermalinkPermalink 05/01/06 @ 00:00
Comment from: randomwalker [Visitor]
Excuse me for being blunt -- hosting your blog on your own domain instead of using a third party service appears to be just a penis size thing. It has several disadvantages (less features and less reliability, off the top of my head, and of course, no spam) and no advantages as far as I can see. "More control," you respond. "Penis size," I reiterate. Control and customizability are purely imagined fluff features that your blog doesn't need, just like your desktop doesn't. I will admit that the average wordpress blog is slightly prettier than the average livejournal, but the only people who read your blog on your site instead of in their RSS reader (which most ignores your stylesheet) are you and your dog.

Blogs are supposed to make things easier, not more difficult. Seriously, most hackers appear to completely miss the distinction between a blog and a website and then wonder why this blogging thing is so big with the General Public.

Coming at your spam problem from another angle, if you're hosting your own blog you might as well turn off comments, because the hurdle placed by having to use an unfamiliar interface will turn 90% of commenters away. Not only is your interface unfamiliar, it is also lame. I'm typing this into a box that shows me a whopping FOUR lines of text, and it doesn't seem to have a preview feature.
PermalinkPermalink 05/01/06 @ 02:52
Comment from: Remko Troncon [Visitor] · http://el-tramo.be
If your blog is powered by WordPress, you might want to look into the Akismet plugin (comes installed with WordPress these days). Just register for an API key, and you have a pretty handy blog spam catcher.
PermalinkPermalink 05/02/06 @ 22:07
Comment from: Andrew Dolgov [Visitor] · http://bah.spb.su/~fox
Thanks for blacklisting my home - Saint-Petersburg, Russia. I sure appreciate that.
PermalinkPermalink 05/31/06 @ 15:25
Comment from: Ikke [Member] · http://www.eikke.com
Erm, what do you mean by "blacklist"?
PermalinkPermalink 05/31/06 @ 16:48

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