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Mar 16, 2005: Posting Comments on Bloug

WARNING: narcissism ahead

Many of you have had problems posting comments here on Bloug lately, receiving error messages, re-posting, then finding your comment displayed multiple times. My technical braintrust theorizes that my MT-blacklist of spam site URLs is now so large that processing comments against it causes server time-outs (which would explain why these comments eventually do show up). So if you post a comment and it doesn't show up right away, no need to re-post; it'll eventually show up.

My blacklist is over 3,000 entries strong, and I don't have the regular expression skills to whittle it down to something more manageable, like, say, 100. If anyone has a "clean" blacklist, please send it my way and I'll send some good karma your way. Any other good advice on how to deal with spam comments would be appreciated; thanks!

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Comment: SÚrgio Nunes (Mar 21, 2005)


6A has a nice document about "Six Apart Guide to Comment Spam", can be found here:

Although the accessibility problems, I suggest the SCODE plug-in to fight comment spam.


"Prevent comment spam by displaying an image with a Security Code and demand the user to enter a Security Code manually before allowing posting to go through."

PS: Don't forget to use rel="noflollow" - http://www.google.com/googleblog/2005/01/preventing-comment-spam.html

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