Month: December 2011

Fighting spam – How is it going?

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Back in September, in the post Spam – What are we going to do? I've declared my personal war with spammers. Now it's time for a summary of actions taken and their results.

Initially my line of defence consisted of Akismet plugin from Automattic. It did an excellent job of identifying and marking unwanted comments as spam. That should give me a peace of mind, right? Wrong. The spam comments were landing in my database and had to be manually removed from there. They were coming back again and again. Remember that spam comments are being planted not by humans but by "bots" (robots) which are never tired of mindlessly repeating their job. There had to be a better way of preventing them from leaving their payload on my website.