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October 12, 2003

First Blog Spam

Got my first taste of blog spam over the weekend. It was bound to happen at some point, glad I've avoided for this long.

I agree that it's annoying to have to go in and delete the comments, not that I've experienced any significant volume of spam (14 messages in two days).

Not sure exactly how I plan to attack the problem, Jeremy had a post wich generated a fair amount of discussion about different ideas. One I liked quite a bit was from John Moore, proposing the notification mail from MT include a link for deleting the message. For the amounts of spam I'm experiencing it would be easy to click on the link, if the volume increases probably want it blocked up front.

The first of these messages read:

here is a free tip:
if you don't know what you are talking about don't post online.
I'm sorry I don't buy this, but this is how I feel.
I was confused by this until reading an entry (and comments) from David Raynes where MrG comments:
I don't see the value except for one thing: As a marker. I have heard that spammers who find open comment blogs will leave a marker that can be found with a subsequent search (Feester?)
So I deleted the marker, will be interesting to see what shows up in the next few days.

Posted by mike at October 12, 2003 10:59 PM