Category: Spam

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.

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Spam – What are we going to do?

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People say that I am the most patient person on earth. But there are limits to even an extreme patience. I am talking about spam comments on this website. Long time ago I've made my decision to keep this website open. No registration required. No obstacles for people willing to see it, to comment on it. Recently, the number of spam comments increased to the point that I have to react. Akismet does a wonderful job of classifying spam comments. Unfortunately they are in my database until I delete them. My plan is to stop them before they are posted. How?

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