Apologies to commentators

For some reason, this has been a very bad week for spammery. Bastard the first started to use the domain as the return address on a bunch of stock-pumping spams, so that at one stage I was getting twenty to thirty bounce messages every five minutes addressed to entirely fictitious inhabitants of this domain. Once that was dealt with, by the crude method of discarding all bounce messages to anyone at this domain, I started to get huge quantities of comment spam here — well, about fifty a day, which is a lot, on a sustained basis.

This was unusual in that much of it is in Italian, and the rest is trying to sell cars as well as the usual offers to extend my phenotype (or shrink some of the larger parts), In any case, I have been tuning the comment junking settings, only to discover that three of the saner and more rational commentators have had their efforts junked. So the threshold has been lowered again.

I miss, though, the way that earlier versions of MT would just let me kill co0mments on all posts older than x days automatically.

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3 Responses to Apologies to commentators

  1. Mike Grant says:

    Doesn’t MT support any kind of Captcha system? A decent one will completely flummox those sp*mming pests. Speaking from experience here, though sadly experience of the blog software _b2_ not MT.

    PS: came to your blog via your piece in the _Grauniad_ about OpenOffice.

  2. acb says:

    There _is_ a captcha plugin for MT. I find it even more irritating than Typekey. So I am trying that, instead; that way you only have to sign in once a fortnight. Attentive readers will also notice the url of the preview page has been changed. More template change later

  3. Charles says:

    Ah, the siren voices of WordPress are calling… calling… with the power of Spam Karma 2 that sends me messages like There have been 402 comment spams caught since the last digest report 1 day ago.

    I believe it has an MT import function…

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