Home to spam

I got home this afternoon. After four days away, I had more than 500 spam e-mails, not to mention dozens of responses to my Fox column. In all there were 626 e-mails.

I’ve noticed some evil program is spamming my comments with advertising, mostly for drugs. Several people sent suggestions on how to deal with this before, but I didn’t do anything because the spamming seemed to be a one-time thing. Now I’m motivated to act. (Actually, I’m motivated to homicide, but probably won’t get the chance.) What do I do to defend comments against spam?

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  1. A great first step is the MT Blacklist plug-in. It’ll block comments based on domain and context and is easily configurable and updateable.

  2. MT Close Comments is good too. It automatically turns off comments on older posts. When exactly it does it is configurable. You do need to be running a real dB behind MT fir it though. it won’t work on the default install of MT.

  3. Walter Wallis says:

    Whatever benefits the ability to send anonymous E-mail may bring are far outweighed by the burden of spam. We need a foolproof caller I.D. and a system where anyone soliciting money must have a registration number without which no money can be sent to him
    Of course, if they can really add 3″, but nah.

  4. I want them to suffer; this rules out homicide as cruelty adds to the penalty.

    Break into their homes, turn loose live skunks, and steal all their tomato juice!

  5. Mark Odell says:

    What do I do to defend comments against spam?

    Also, disable the CGI script called “mt-send-entry.cgi”.

    Stepping Stones to a Safer Blog

  6. Then, for your e-mail you need Popfile (http://popfile.sourceforge.net/). It is a bayesian filter which quickly learns how to identify spam. It learns as it goes so as spammers change their techniques, it immediately adapts to them.

    (Sorry – I just love the concept and the program. Plus, it saves me hours each day.)

  7. John from OK says:

    I just installed Spam Inspector from giantcompany.com. You still receive those 500 messages, but it automatically moves them to a quarantine folder as you watch. It claims to “learn” like POPfile mentioned above. Costs $20.

  8. If you’re talking about spam in the comments of your blog, we mostly fixed that by enabling a “security code” feature in the comments. A little graphic image shows a number that you have to type in. The image is not text and so is typically only legible by actual human beings.

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