August 29, 2006

comment spam

Argh! Too much spam! Some of you may have noticed, hopefully some of you were spared.

I've done 2 things about it:

1. Completed the cutover to the new comments script by turning off the old mt_comments.cgi script.
This means your comments won't work until you rebuild your blog (go into your blog editing menu and select Rebuild from the left-hand menu).

2. I almost *never* add a geniuine english word to the blacklist, but I've added 'ringtone'.
This means innocent people who try to post a comment talking about their new batman ringtone will get blocked. I haven't seen any discussions of ringtones on stonesoup, so I'm not expecting it to be a problem.
If it turns out I'm wrong, please email me and I'll think of something less sledgehammer-ish.
It should cut out about 25% of all spam however (so I'm prepared to give it a try).

Any feedback, queries, whatever, please email me or comment on this post...

Posted by carla at August 29, 2006 11:54 PM | TrackBack

Thanks Carla!

It certainly was a big hit of spam.

Of course, I am now perversely tempted to blog about r1ngt0nes....

Posted by: Jenni at August 30, 2006 03:38 PM

Mine's the batman theme :)

Posted by: .carla at August 30, 2006 09:03 PM

Mine's the Alfred Hitchcock theme or if Lee calls it's Blister in the Sun.

Posted by: Jenni at September 4, 2006 01:50 PM

Well, thanks for all your efforts!

Posted by: giffy at September 5, 2006 06:09 PM
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