Put in a filter for posters

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kiwehtin
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Put in a filter for posters

Postby kiwehtin » Tue 08 Dec 2009 3:01 am

I was going to suggest this several weeks ago when someone posted a spam response to one of your mystery language quizzes, but now that the comment total for this week's quiz has suddenly leapt to 55, I doubt you need much convincing! (rueful smile)

I don't know what your software provides in the way of spam filtering, but Wikipedia discusses some possibilities here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam_in_blogs

I noticed a clever trick on Macworld blog today, where they ask you a question with an obvious answer, and you have to type in that answer. (This is one of the possibilities mentioned on the Wikipedia page.)

Good luck!

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Neqitan
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Re: Put in a filter for posters

Postby Neqitan » Tue 08 Dec 2009 4:13 am

Wow. In fact all posts from 13 to 65 are spam! :shock:

http://www.omniglot.com/blog/?p=1981#comments

Curiously all the domains the posts link to are from China.

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Re: Put in a filter for posters

Postby Saimundo » Tue 08 Dec 2009 12:15 pm

I've just installed a plugin that should stop most of the spam on the blog.
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Re: Put in a filter for posters

Postby formiko » Wed 09 Dec 2009 10:34 am

Neqitan wrote:Curiously all the domains the posts link to are from China.

It's doubtful they are actually FROM China. Many spammers use a network of insecure mail servers that are scattered across the globe. The spammer may have been some kid from Scranton who lives in his mom's basement and has a couple of spambots. The logs can show you the site and port of origin.
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Neqitan
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Re: Put in a filter for posters

Postby Neqitan » Wed 09 Dec 2009 9:23 pm

That's why I said "the domains", not the spammers. :)


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