Spam, spam, spam, spam…

One of the things that I left behind when I moved servers was the CAPTCHA system I had running before. I should note that that system meant I had almost no spam on my blogs for a period of a couple of years. Now, I get several score messages caught in the moderation queue every day. The downside was that people often had difficulty getting the CAPTCHA to work. Part of that was not the issue of CAPTCHA generally, but the particular implementation I was using, which was not very user friendly. But more generally, I don’t mind having to moderate a bit of spam, but I hate killing messages from real people.

As time permits, I’ll be trying some new things over the next couple of weeks to cut down on that moderation queue. If you are rejected, don’t sulk. Please email me so that I can try something else. Comments are important to me. And yes, they will be moving back into the sidebar of the main page as soon as I get some spare time to hack on the template.

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5 Comments

  1. alex
    Posted 10/16/2005 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Not spam. Really.

  2. Posted 10/17/2005 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    The ABSOLUTELY BEST wp spam plugin is Spam Karma 2:

    http://unknowngenius.com/blog/wordpress/spam-karma/

    Tons of features, but even the factory settings has resulted in only 1 spam getting through in a month (I was getting 200+ a day before).

    Highly recommended. You have to be wp 1.51 or above, but it’s so worth the upgrade.

  3. alex
    Posted 10/17/2005 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Brandon: OK, it’s up. Looks good. I’d checked out SK1 some time ago and was less impressed, but with all those dials and switches SK2 has got to work, no?

  4. Posted 10/17/2005 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    I agree with Brandon, Spam Karma 2 is incredible. I’ve tested a few anti-spam plugins and SK2 gets the job don’t right from the start. If you want, there are more filtering options and even SK2 filter plugins available than you can shake a stick at.

    BTW, blog spam is on the rise… numbers to prove it:
    http://www.micropersuasion.com/2005/10/the_state_of_th.html

  5. Posted 10/18/2005 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, the number of things it puts each message through is pretty crazy. :) Hope it works for you as well as it does for me.

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