Spamback

Submitted by dag on Sat, 2008/02/16 - 04:39

In an earlier discussion about commenting Kris mentioned using pingback, but...

Spam is a problematic issue. I had to enable comment moderation not because the Captcha was too easy to come by, but because apparently real people are adding genuine comments and are actively abusing the URL field to point to their commercial (or virus-infected) websites.

These comments are looking pretty normal, thanking me in person for a specific article about a subject or even pointing out an issue. Hardly the work of an automated process. These people are either being paid or directly profit from commenting on blogs.

After enabling comment moderation the number of spam averaged to 3 to 4 a day. Moderation helps me not to go and look for these comments and prevents harm to innocent visitors, but unfortunately diminishes real interaction between readers (and me).

Pingbacks are actually a much easier way to distribute spam with less effort and for that reason alone I have no intention to enable it (or even use it moderated). I am too busy with moderating my comments, thank you :-)

After consideration and discussing with others having identical feelings, I concluded that it was not just the fact that one is commenting on someone else's blog article, but also the manner (addressing, self-promotion and confrontation). I realise that this is more a style-related discussion and more based on perspective and personal likings than merely the burden of having comments linked unidirectional.

De gustibus et coloribus non disputandum est.

Drupal spam module

Dag,

One of the drawbacks of Drupal is that it's easily spammable. Did you install Drupal's spam module ? Kinda like the learning junk filter in Thunderbird. It does need some training : though my site gets spam-attacked often, the spam module keeps the place tidy (and auto-deletes the approval queue).

I agree dag, pingbacks are a

I agree dag, pingbacks are a bad thing. I started to add them to my blog but after thinking about others with bad sites linking back to mine, there could be some search engine ranking problems later on. I opted out.

It is sad when we build something up someone is there to tear it down. No matter how we look at it, spammers are ridding on our backs to make a quick buck somehow.

Thanks for the post.

askimet is the best solution for public spam

Askimet works pretty fine on my own blog (approx. 13,000 spam comments caught till now - I don't use captchas). I believe this is technically the best solution: you have to differentiate your spam between different blogs - i.e. more work - in order to beat Askimet.

I believe there's an Askimet module for Drupal.

Askimet looks good

Unfortunately there is not yet an Askimet module for Drupal6 and I couldn't resist upgrading to the latest Drupal release :-)

But I will surely keep an eye for a Drupal6 release of this module. Thanks for the hint !

askimet

seems as tho askimet is now forced upon when installing wordpress, I've seen other sites have javascript which ask you to add two numbers together, surely there will be something similar for drupal6..

Unfortunately I am not familiar with Drupal but ideally have a look if you can see where the comments are coming from, then cross reference them with some GEO-IP.

I found by firewalling off .cn .in .ro domains my spam dropped by a considerable amount, most spam freelancers are from those countries..

It would be great to have an added feature in blog software to deny commenting from particular IP ranges.

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