Monday, August 22, 2005

Spam in Comments

Well, after 10 months the comment spammers have finally caught up with me. I had to delete about 20 today alone.

I've always welcomed all kinds of comments, and I've deleted only a very few that were abusive of other readers or extremely profane. But I don't think it's too much to expect that comments come from sources with a pulse. So, I've activated the "word verification" feature for comments on this site. I apologize for the inconvenience.

I hope there's a special place in hell for spammers!


Anonymous Chad Evans said...

I don't mean to belittle your problem, but I get around 1,000 per day. Consider 20 as a breaking point lucky.

9:26 AM, August 22, 2005  
Anonymous Kevin said...

1000 huh? I guess we're lucky over at PK. We averaged about 50 - 75 per day until we shut down the trackback feature and set up the pre-approval feature. Now it's down to about 20 per day like Tom gets. But, none of 'em ever get seen 'cause we never approve 'em.

2:20 PM, August 22, 2005  
Blogger RomanWanderer said...

It seems like many blogger sites have been targeted by spammers this past week.

2:58 PM, August 22, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

You get 1,000 per day??? I think I would slit my wrists or quit blogging or both!

I just hope this "word verification" feature works, even though it's a pain in the butt.

3:08 PM, August 22, 2005  
Blogger Gindy said...

I saw this on Esther's site. Hopefully this will work.

3:09 PM, August 22, 2005  
Anonymous Schmedlap said...

I assume that spammers do what they do because it gets some kind of results. That is what I don't get. Who logs on to this blog and then gets sidetracked by a spam comment advertising for personal injury lawyers?

6:16 PM, August 22, 2005  
Anonymous Kevin said...

The payoff that spammers are looking for is search engine ratings. The more links that exist on the web to a given site, the higher that site will rank in search results.

Using poker as an example... If there were let's say 100 online poker sites where people can engage in gambling, and a typical search engine only lists 10 or 20 sites per page of search engine results, then the sites that come up on the first page will receive the lion's share of clicks. The sites listed on the last page won't derive nearly as much benefit because few people are going to make it that far back in the search results to even get to their link. So... they pay assholes to spam their links all over the web so that their site will show up higher on search results.

Readers clicking on spammer links would be purely icing on the proverbial cake from the spammer's point of view. It's not really their goal.

10:13 AM, August 23, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

Kevin, I guess I understand what you're saying. Makes sense. But I still hope they all go to hell.

10:23 AM, August 24, 2005  
Anonymous eric said...

I had to delete an entire guestbook on my homepage because of spammers. i think word verification is the perfect solution.

on a side note, i changed the name of the script that insert comments in my guestbook but they are still spamming it successfully... :(

5:51 AM, August 26, 2005  
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