September 12, 2003
Deleting Spam Comments

My newest job is routinely checking for and deleting spam comments from the blog. It's a weird kind of spam -- innocuous but off-topic comments with a fake email address and a commercial URL (free trial for DVD rentals, for instance). Gosh, this is annoying. I'm getting two or three a week now.

See also this from Steve Johnson this subject. It appears some of these comments are also unibited attempts to leverage the target blogs PageRank in google.

Posted by mitch@osafoundation.org at September 12, 2003 08:53 AM
Comments

I've been getting quite a few of these too. They're mostly posted by crawler bots that know how to exploit MT. I've done a little investigation and written up some advice on how to block them (or at least make them easier to delete) here:

http://cheerleader.yoz.com/archives/000849.html

Posted by: Yoz at September 12, 2003 10:14 AM

this is a common problem. many solutions have been suggested, but rarely the obvious solution of removing the URL field from comments. the link is what they're after. take it away, and they'll go away.

Posted by: Scott Reynen at September 12, 2003 11:04 AM

That is horrible, it is an outrage.

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Posted by: Michael Toy at September 12, 2003 12:35 PM

This link is to an MT item created yesterday.

It may help:

http://www.jayallen.org/journey/2003/10/mtblacklist_stop_spam_now

Posted by: vanderleun at October 14, 2003 10:41 AM

I think now problem spam has decreased

Posted by: andry at July 23, 2004 04:18 AM