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I’ve turned off comments registration for the time being. The last few months with it should have dropped us off some target lists for sp@mmers, and we’ll see how we go.

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10 replies

  1. That’s a lotta thumbs. Best wishes.
    A definitional question for anyone who’s willing to field it: is it technically “spam” when the comment is obviously written by a human being who has read the post well enough to respond at the conversational level, but is still shilling cynically for an unsavoury SEO outfit? I’ve had quite a bit of that. And I hate it.

  2. I’d call that spam.

  3. Liam: I spamulate that crap without a second thought. They’ve no intention in participating in a conversation.

  4. Liam: I am pretty unforgiving about it. Unsolicited, commercial and “pushed” into a conversational medium (email, IM, blog comments, ie I don’t count web ads) is enough for me. Bulk is not required.

  5. Me too. Out it goes. I know wordpress inserts ads into my blog from time to time, but hey! I use their free service, so that seems fair enough. But I don’t want other people’s ads sneaking in. Particularly in such hypocritical fashion. Grumble grumble grumble…

  6. testing new rewrite rule
    Edit: it works! and editing comments is working properly again, too!
    For those interested, it’s a way to block spam comments sent by bots. You need to feel confident editing the .htaccess file, and you need to make sure that you change ‘’ to the actual domain of your own blog.
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_METHOD} POST
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} .wp-comments-post.php*
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !.** [OR]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^$
    RewriteRule (.*) ^http://%{REMOTE_ADDR}/$ [R=301,L]


  7. I found that about a third of spam could be blocked by including a hidden field in the form that wasn’t in the standard application source, and checking for it in the form submission. This was with phpBB2 (so a while ago, then) and it might not be true for WordPress. It probably catches much the same set of suspicious behaviour as that rewrite rule, though.

  8. I can comment again! Woo!
    I lost the ability to, and I’ve had limited Internet access recently so I put off trying to make it work.
    .-= Kirstente´s last blog ..Link: Historical geeky ladies =-.

    • Good to see you again, Kirstente.
      It looks like quite a few others were locked out altogether by registration as well. Sorry about that. It’s possible in the future that we may need to bring it back in as an emergency measure, but if we do it will probably not be for longer than a week.

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