Sitestuff: I love SPAM, I hate spam.

5 O’Clock Shadow - 29 March 2007
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According to the stats at MyBlogLog, KJToo.com has 23 readers, which sounds about right to me; there are also a handful of people who read the posts via the RSS feed, but I really have no idea how many. That’s not exactly a huge audience, but the number of spam comments filtered out by the Akismet plugin ranges anywhere from a dozen to several hundred on any given day; if you’re reading this, the comment spammers really want you to see their junk.Or at the very least increase their Google ranking for erectile dysfunction medication, auto insurance and naughty, naughty boys and girls.

Today was a high-volume day for comment spam. The online pharmacies, insurance agents and purveyors of various forms of taboo (if not downright illegal) sexual practices attempted to hit KJToo.com with roughly 500 spam comments in the past twenty-four hours, only one of which made it past Akismet. Since I’ve been using the plugin, less than a half-dozen legitimate comments have been incorrectly trapped and perhaps two dozen spam comments have made it through the filter. Considering that Akismet has trapped more than twenty-one and a half thousand spam comments in the past two years, I’d say it’s a pretty good track record.

There’s some concern that WordPress users are putting all of our comment spam fighting eggs in one basket with Akismet; the plugin relies on external servers to function, and a failure of those servers could result in a flood of unfiltered spam comments on thousands of blogs worldwide. Nasty! It’s a risk I’m willing to live with, though, as Akismet allows me to let people comment on KJToo.com without having to register or enter a CAPTCHA code.

So, comment to your heart’s desire, all twenty-three of you. Akismet has your back, and mine.

18 thoughts on “Sitestuff: I love SPAM, I hate spam.”

  1. Thanks for the link and I thought I’d just add that comment spam is NO indication of a blog’s popularity. Once they have found you through an incoming link, they belong to you. 😉

    Everyone has seen a huge rise in comment spam, from the lowest on the traffic totem pole to the highest. It’s like a virus. One person links to you and they follow. You link to another and they follow that link. Sad. Sick, and pitiful.

    Still, isn’t it fun to actually “know” who is reading your blog fairly consistently! I like that part. Comment spam or not.

  2. In WordPress, there’s FireStats which I have enjoyed for statistical porpoises.*

    And SpamKarma is another layer of protection from comment spam. I don’t know quite how it works, but man, it works well.

    * Most of the time, you want statistical porpoises, because they are cute, turn flips in the air, and do your taxes.

  3. The 23. Would that be the ‘circle of trust’? The ‘inner sanctum’? The ‘Dirty Dozen(x 2)-1’? AM I IN???!??!

  4. I’m not sure why, but I don’t get any spam comments on my blog (Chirpy’s nonsense not withstanding). Does this mean I have a guard built into the site, or am I just lucky? On Sundays there seem to be spam views of my page (there is no way 124 people viewed my blog last sunday), but nothing infiltrates the text. Spot the fake computer geek…

  5. I was forced to code my own comment spam filter. Mine’s really simple, but it works, and I can modify it any time I need to.

    Consider this at least one egg outside said basket.

  6. The 23. Would that be the ‘circle of trust’? The ‘inner sanctum’? The ‘Dirty Dozen(x 2)-1’? AM I IN???!??!

    Oh, you’re in, buddy. You’re definitely in. The number is actually more like 40 when I look at the stats over the past week (turns out the stat I was quoting was just yesterday’s readers), which makes the whole thing seem a little less exclusive.

  7. I was forced to code my own comment spam filter. Mine’s really simple, but it works, and I can modify it any time I need to.

    Consider this at least one egg outside said basket.

    When the rest of us are wallowing in spam comments after Akismet falls, Greg Howley will look down from his self-built, spam-proof throne and chortle.

    Oh, the humanity!

  8. In WordPress, there’s FireStats which I have enjoyed for statistical porpoises.*

    And SpamKarma is another layer of protection from comment spam. I don’t know quite how it works, but man, it works well.

    * Most of the time, you want statistical porpoises, because they are cute, turn flips in the air, and do your taxes.

    Ooooh, porpoises! I shall have to look into FireStats, for I do love porpoises.

    I know that Chris Miller uses SpamKarma (if not on Unquiet Desperation, then certainly on the IntWoCreMo blog), but I’ve heard ugly rumors that having multiple spam-killers installed can make things difficult.

  9. I’m not sure why, but I don’t get any spam comments on my blog (Chirpy’s nonsense not withstanding). Does this mean I have a guard built into the site, or am I just lucky? On Sundays there seem to be spam views of my page (there is no way 124 people viewed my blog last sunday), but nothing infiltrates the text. Spot the fake computer geek…

    You may have some built-in spam comment protection; that’s one potential benefit of using a hosted blog. I’ve had a LiveJournal account since late 2000 (I think) and I’ve never gotten a spam comment there, nor can I recall seeing spam comments in other peoples’ LJ accounts. Maybe it’s built-in protection or maybe spammers don’t like LiveJournal.

    As for your increased numbers on Sunday, maybe that’s when the search engines come out to play.

  10. Thanks for the link and I thought I’d just add that comment spam is NO indication of a blog’s popularity. Once they have found you through an incoming link, they belong to you. 😉

    Oh, boy, my very own spammer! I shall hug him and squeeze him and call him “George.” Actually, I’d rather beat him and throttle him and call him “gone”, but c’est la vie.

  11. I’m not sure why, but I don’t get any spam comments on my blog (Chirpy’s nonsense not withstanding). Does this mean I have a guard built into the site, or am I just lucky?

    Yeah, that’s what that slightly annoying garbled letters are that you are requested to type to make a comment. Otherwise known as CAPTCHA codes (as KJ pointed out).

    In other news… yay Akismet!! 🙂 (I really do loathe CAPTCHA codes. Half of the time I can’t even tell what the letters are)

  12. KJ, your use of Akismet led me directly to use their service for my WordPress install…

    There have been two (2) spam comments that have gotten through since I’ve begun using them. I have nowhere near the volume of spam posts as kjtoo.com, however.

    Thanks for the pointer – I was drowning beforehand!

  13. Yeah, that’s what that slightly annoying garbled letters are that you are requested to type to make a comment. Otherwise known as CAPTCHA codes (as KJ pointed out).

    In other news… yay Akismet!! 🙂 (I really do loathe CAPTCHA codes. Half of the time I can’t even tell what the letters are)

    Oh, that’s right! I forgot that Rae’s blog does CAPTCHA (if you think the process is annoying, the acronym is worse: Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) authentication. That would certainly explain the lack of spam comments.

  14. KJ, your use of Akismet led me directly to use their service for my WordPress install…

    There have been two (2) spam comments that have gotten through since I’ve begun using them. I have nowhere near the volume of spam posts as kjtoo.com, however.

    Thanks for the pointer – I was drowning beforehand!

    Do you want me to sic my own personal spammers on your site, Gerall? I’m sure they’d be happy to come over and bug you forever!

    As to the installation of Akismet, I suppose you could look at it two ways: either I’ve indirectly helped you, or I’ve convinced you to toss your egg in our giant basket thus dooming you to drown in the spam flood (what is it with me and mixed metaphors?) caused by Akismet’s inevitable demise.

  15. Yeah. I was recently tempted to update my own blog. (Horrors) So, I first decided to re-enable commenting. After more than a year since my last post, 9 months with comments completely disabled, I still got 50 spams in two days. So, I wrote my own captcha code. It sucks, but it’s better than registering, and most importantly, it seems to be working.

  16. Yeah. I was recently tempted to update my own blog. (Horrors) So, I first decided to re-enable commenting. After more than a year since my last post, 9 months with comments completely disabled, I still got 50 spams in two days. So, I wrote my own captcha code. It sucks, but it’s better than registering, and most importantly, it seems to be working.

    Your CAPTCHA works too well, sir! It swallowed three of my comments last week. Either that, or someone needs to get on the comment moderation stick. I’m not going to name names, but it’s you.

  17. That’s okay, I kept looking at the “0 Comments” and assumed that not updating for a year scared off the few readers that I did have. But I guess there’s just no good reason to unsubscribe RSS, eh?

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