Major increase in Spam Comments


I currently moderate all comments made to my blog in an attempt to stamp out spam comments.  This has worked quite well in the past as I might get about 5-10 spam comments a day.  Since Monday there has been a significant increase in the amount of spam comments with an average of 1500 per day.

I think I am going to have to implement some of the measures that Tom Raferty used to eliminate spam comments from his website. Seeing as most of the comments  are about on line gambling of some sort. I am going to try the blacklist option for the moment and see how that goes.

UPDATE:

I am going to give the spam plugin from akismet a go. 

  1. #1 by Paul Browne - Technology in Plain English on December 15, 2006 - 10:58 am

    Stephen,

    I would definitely recommend Akismet – it’s catching about 99% of spam comments, and (so far) blocked none that should have gone through.

    It also comes bundled with wordpress 2, so maybe that is a good reason to upgrade.

    Paul

  2. #2 by Stephen Downey on December 15, 2006 - 4:02 pm

    Paul,

    Akismet seems to be doing the job, I haven’t received one spam comment email since I turned it on and your comment went through fine.

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