I really *do* hate spam. Apparently I (meaning my website) have become popular lately after I made a Trackback to a Lockergnome article last week. Also becoming more popular everyday is WordPress. Along with all that popularity has come the scourge of comment spam. True story: Last night I went to bed around 12:30 a.m. and got up this morning around 6:45 a.m. Imagine my surprise when I woke up and found TWELVE (12) new emails in my inbox, all notifying me of a new comment on post such and such. Then, imagine my disappointment as I began to sort through these comments and each of them were spam.
There are several WP plugins available to help with this problem. Even a “vanilla” WordPress installation has spam-curbing measures such as comment moderation which is truly powerful. Some of the options include sending all comments directly to a queue to be moderated, send comments with “x” number of links to the moderation queue, or send comments which contain keywords such as “enlarge,” “viagra,” and “xxx” directly to the moderation queue. The solution I’m eyeballing at the moment is only available via plugin from Colin Devroe at The UberGeeks has a nifty plugin called Optional Comment Moderation which automatically closes comments or queues them after “x” number of days. 90% of all my comment spam comes on posts older than about 7 – 10 days, so this seems ideal for my situation and I hope to see this implemented into the core of WordPress 1.3 which is already looking quite sweet.
Well, that’s probably more than enough geeky stuff to keep even you geeks busy and bore the non-geeks to death.