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Spamcrash

January 10th, 2007

Akismet has been marking most incoming comments as spam. I’ve rescued a bunch of them, but no doubt not all. Apologies to people whose comments have been lost.

With luck, manual correction will fix the problem. If not, I may have to move to some sort of active verification scheme, a step I’ve always rejected.

If you post a comment and it doesn’t appear, please email me.

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  1. wbb
    January 11th, 2007 at 00:47 | #1

    perhaps have a day or two trial of no spam filter – things have improved lately – the spammers have largely moved on to more fruitful activities I think

    pruning spam is less of a burden than worrying about people worrying about where their comments went, perhaps?

  2. jquiggin
    January 11th, 2007 at 00:53 | #2

    Sad to say, Akismet is catching 300-odd spam messages per day, mostly from a single Italian spam operation.

  3. gordon
    January 11th, 2007 at 08:54 | #3

    Brad deLong’s blog requires commenters to copy a difficult-to-read code from a display panel each time they send a comment. Though tiresome for the user, this strategy may be successful in thwarting spammers. Maybe you could ask Prof. deLong? I have sometimes wondered, as I struggled to decipher the code, whether it is all worth while!

  4. January 11th, 2007 at 12:16 | #4

    Even on my little blog I am getting about 100 spams a day so dealing with 300, particularly when you feel you should check them all, would not be easy. I would be comfortable registering to comment here, so go ahead. As gordon points out, the code methodology can be tricky to read.

  5. January 11th, 2007 at 12:17 | #5

    Mind you, at least one of them inserts some good jokes. I have been thinking about editing them to remove the spam content and posting the result to a new page. At least I would get something for the effort.

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